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Wealdstone boss more determined than ever to deliver success for supporters

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 May 2016

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett (Pic: Alan Palmer)

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett (Pic: Alan Palmer)

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Gordon Bartlett says he is hungrier than ever to bring success to Wealdstone.

The 60-year-old, who has spent 21 seasons managing Stones, has admitted the struggles they have endured in this campaign have made him even more determined to take the club forward on and off the field.

Speaking exclusively to the Times he said: “I’ve still got a year to go on my contract, but I’m not thinking about myself at the moment.

“I can assure the fans that I am hungrier than ever to push this club forward.

“When you’ve had a good season you can sometimes rest on your laurels.

“But when you have a season like we have just had, where in my opinion we have massively underachieved, we obviously want to do a lot better and that just whets the appetite even more.

“There’ll be a few tweaks here and there with the management team, and a few new players coming in, as well as negotiating with some current players to extend their stays here.”

Jefferson Louis is not one of those who will be staying though, with the veteran forward – who has been Stones’ leading marksman with 38 goals in the last 18 months – recently told that his contract would not be renewed, a decision Bartlett says was best for both parties.

He added: “Jefferson on his day is outstanding and unplayable, but what we need is a bit more consistently among the group, and we as a management team made this decision a couple of months ago.

“I said to Jeff on Saturday I thought it was in both of our interests to part company.”

He continued: “I think it’s important to freshen things up.

“You can sit with the same sort of players, but you need to brighten it up from time to time, and we will certainly do that this summer.

“If we can get four or five players in and keep the right ones at the club, we’ll have a good base to push on. Turning those draws into wins is the difference.”

Elsewhere, Bartlett has highlighted the importance of the Supporters Club’s 100:400 fundraiser, which was launched earlier this year.

The aim of the fundraiser is to help provide much-needed money for the club, after it was revealed at the recent AGM that there will be a significant cut in the playing budget for next season.

“I was told we were in serious financial difficulty only two months ago, so that was obviously of real concern, as on the field we were battling to stay in the division then as well,” admitted Bartlett.

“We want to give ourselves the best possible chance of having a successful side and in the present time that means we need a bit of help from outside influences.”

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