Sweales happy to stay in charge ‘until end of season’
RYAN Sweales is happy to carry on as player-manager at Chalfont Wasps as long as the club needs him to,
Sweales, a veteran of 200 games for Wasps, heads up a group of senior players asked to take the reins when previous manager Martin Kenealy quit for the third time last year.
The 30-year-old was one of many players who had followed Kenealy to Holyport in the summer of 2014 before returning with him to The Nest last summer.
He said: “The club was in a bit of disarray when Martin left. I wasn’t planning on being a manager, but there was nobody else to do it really.
“It’s not as hard as I thought it would be, but I don’t really like doing things like picking the team and telling players they have been left out.
“I will keep doing it until the end of the season and we will see what happens from there, but if the club ask me to keep going I’d be more than happy to.
“We’re not doing too badly. We’ve won a couple, drew with the league leaders and were beating Holyport before the game was abandoned due to torrential rain just before half time.
“We’re aiming for a top five finish, but there have been a lot of postponements and there will be a lot of games to make up.”
Wasps have so far played just once in 2016 due to a string of postponements, the latest fixture to bite the dust being last Saturday’s Hellenic Division One East game against Henley Town. They will try again this Saturday at home to Ardley United in the second round of the Supplementary Cup.
League leaders Penn & Tylers Green have also played just the one since the turn of the year and saw their game against Didcot Town Reserves fall foul of the weather last weekend. They are due to visit title rivals Bicester Town this Saturday.
In the Premier Division, Flackwell Heath’s game at Tuffley Rovers was also called off last weekend. They also take on title rivals, Thatcham Town, at home this Saturday, before hosting Binfield on Tuesday night.
Ryan Sweales (right)