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Wealdstone chief adamant Bartlett can turn around club’s fortunes - but expects play-off push

PUBLISHED: 15:15 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:25 24 November 2016

Wealdstone chairman Peter Marsden (right) is disappointed the club are currently not in the National League South play-off mix. (Pic: ALAN PALMER)

Wealdstone chairman Peter Marsden (right) is disappointed the club are currently not in the National League South play-off mix. (Pic: ALAN PALMER)

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Wealdstone chairman Peter Marsden remains confident Gordon Bartlett is the right man to take the club forward, but wants a quick upturn in form in order to make a serious push for the play-offs.

Stones started the season excellently but are now 10 points adrift of the top five after losing their last three league games.

Marsden has admitted he expected a lot better from Bartlett’s men this season, and says things need to change sooner rather than later.

He told the Times: “I still maintain that this club has more potential than any other non-league club in the country. We’ve had a good budget this season so our performances on the field have been pretty disappointing.

“We started off the season really well, but the wheels have come off pretty spectacularly in recent weeks.

“In every way we are a lot better as a club than our current mid-table position.

“I fully expect the club to be around the play-off mix by the end of the season – anything less would be a failure. Gordon knows he’s got the opportunity to bring in one or two more players to strengthen the squad if he wants, either on loan or permanent.

“He can mix and match with the squad as much as he wants but we need to be performing better. I like Gordon and I think he’s a very knowledgeable manager.

“I will give him all the tools available to help him do the job to the best of his ability. He’s been at this club for 22 years, he obviously knows his stuff.

“I think Gordon can turn this around, but at the end of the day this is a business and we can’t just not do anything about something, if it continues at a downwards projectory.

“Gordon’s a complete realist, he understands the game. If we went on a further slump and there were no signs of that changing, that’s something we’d have to seriously look at.

“That’s still a long way off and I believe Gordon will turn this around, but the current run we’re having can’t continue, put it that way. It’s certainly something I could do without.”


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