Appointment near as winless run goes on

Eastwood Town chairman Paddy Farrell expects a manager will be in place soon.
Eastwood Town chairman Paddy Farrell expects a manager will be in place soon.

NEW Eastwood Town chairman Paddy Farrell says a new managerial appointment could be made by the weekend as the Badgers seek their first win since August.

A number of interviews have taken place this week with a view to filling the vacant role, with new owner Steve Lynch set to have the final say on who will take the helm.

And Farrell, who as well as being club chairman is also carrying out many activities in his former role as secretary following the recent departure of Rachel Thornton, says he expects a decision to be made soon.

He said: “I’ve been sitting in on the interviews Steve Lynch has carried out and the problem has been that some applicants have arrived with a false belief that we have a huge budget and resources to match, but that’s simply not the case.

“The immediate task in hand is to keep us in the division, and only then can we look ahead to the future with more clarity.

“I’ve been very impressed with Steve Lynch so far as he is very dedicated and is putting a lot of work into this venture, and he is telling candidates exactly how it is with regard to the current situation we’re in.

“So while I am able to offer insight and advice, he will be paying the new boss and therefore it’s his decision as to who he brings in, but I’m confident he will make the right choice.”

Tough trip

The Badgers will be aiming to chalk up their first win in 13 matches this weekend as they head to Merseyside to face Vauxhall Motors.

Having not won since the 2-1 defeat of Worcester City on August 27, the Badgers now sit joint bottom of the Blue Square North table, level on points with Blyth Spartans who have a game in hand.

And with a 6-1 defeat at home to Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night to get out of their system, Farrell is hoping for an upturn in fortunes.

He said: “Tuesday night brought it home to all of us how quickly we need to rectify things, though that’s with no disrespect to caretaker boss Steve Istead who has worked very hard to keep things afloat in recent weeks.

“Some of the squad doesn’t seem as fit as perhaps it should be and that showed a little against Gainsborough.”

Farrell was also disappointed with midfielder Mitch Hanson, who was sent off early in Saturday’s game against Histon for a two-footed challenge and suffered the same fate three days later, also in the opening stages.

“Mitch felt a little hard done by on Saturday but it was very disappointing to see him sent off for the same offence on Tuesday - I don’t think anyone could quite believe it as it was an identical kind of challenge,” he said.

“It makes things very difficult for him now as he probably faces at least a six-match suspension, meaning he may not be able to play for us or anyone else much before Christmas, though his ban won’t kick in for another week or so.”