‘You could be FAB like old boy Ben’
Bashir says SYCOB can be a platform for players ‘We need strong characters’
from third-bottom upwards would be a success this season as we took over a few days before the start with no manager or players.
“We need a few more experienced players, but the emphasis will always be on showcasing talented young players – we wouldn’t have come here if not.
“I use Ben Gladwin, who was part of my project and also played for quite a few local clubs, and who I think will be playing in the Premier League next season as a good example of what the players at SYCOB can achieve if they progress.”
One player who has done the journey in reverse, having started out with Reading before drifting into non-league football with the likes of Farnborough and Burnham before ending up at Beaconsfield in March, is Charlie Lossaso.
Bashir said: “I took Charlie to Reading when I was at their academy. He’s trying to get his career back on track and is hoping to find a Conference club in the long run, but has said he will come back and start pre-season with us.”
A Victor Osubu strike saw Beaconsfield finish the season with a 1-1 draw against Uxbridge, seeing out the campaign unbeaten in five games and five points clear of the drop zone.
For Bashir, who was unable to prevent Hayes & Yeading slipping out of the Conference National in his first job in management three years ago, helping keep Beaconsfield up removed that monkey from his back.
He added: “Both have been tough jobs, but Hayes was a different scenario.
“The budget we had was laughable, the smallest in the league, and the club was set up for relegation. To finish relegated by just four points was an achievement in itself.” TOP of Danny Edwards’ summer shopping list will be a group of mentally strong players to give his Chalfont St Peter side a stronger character, writes Tim Street.
A roller-coaster season – which saw Saints rise to the play-offs places with a fantastic run before Christmas, then plummet back down the table with an equally poor run after it – came to an end with a goalless draw against champions Kettering last Saturday.
Although Chalfont, who finished 16th in Southern One Central, saw out the season unbeaten in five games, it is the run of 13 without a win before it that has caused manager Edwards concern.
He said: “I’m going to start rebuilding as soon as the last ball is kicked, so the pressure is on.
“Some people just float around, and they’re not the ones to have when you’re on a losing run.
“We now need four or five personalities in there who are strong and can all help dig us out of a rut and who I’m sure are able to meet the challenge – that’s what we’re looking for.
“It doesn’t need wholesale changes, but we need a few if we’re to move on as we’ve been flaky and weak mentally, and I’ve already identified a few.”
Edwards feels he has already found some potential stars for next season within his own squad, having given some fringe players a chance during the run in.
He added: “I’ve been giving lads chances who haven’t been involved or recently joined. Adam Pepera has led well and commanded from the back and I thought Jack Waldren would be a bit lightweight, but he has done really well.
“I’ve also been impressed with Will Hudson in midfield and Sam Butcher in goal looks really good, while Ashley Fongho is a smart lad who has come in with a top notch attitude and suits us down to the ground.”
ACADEMY SUCCESS: Ben