It’s all change once again as Eastwood duo are replaced

Eastwood Town’s own managerial merry-go-round has continued with Gary Hayward and his assistant Paul Rawden having quit their roles at Coronation Park after just three months in charge.

The duo replaced Nick Hawkins in September but had been unable to mastermind any victories in that time, with budgetary constraints and high player turnover among the hurdles they were faced with.

And while coach Lee Barrow, who enjoyed a long playing career in both professional and semi-professional football, took charge of the team for Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Scarborough Athletic, the Advertiser understands former Badgers reserve boss Paul McFarland and assistant John Adams will take over the running of the team in due course.

Outgoing assistant manager Rawden cited off-the-field issues as being more the reason for their departure than those on it, and not all relating to the club itself.

He said: “There are several personal and work-related reasons why Gary was finding it hard to juggle his role as manager with everything else.

“On the pitch, although we hadn’t won a game, there were some encouraging displays at times and the spirit amongst the squad was quite good.

“But obviously it wasn’t easy with so many players coming and going all of the time for various reasons and the financial constraints were proving troublesome as well, so we felt it was best to walk away.”

McFarland has been in charge of the likes of Glapwell, South Normanton, Pinxton, Sutton Town and Blackwell Miners Welfare in the past, as well as his time spent at Coronation Park where he had a successful spell with the Badgers’ reserve team.

He has recently had time away from the game and is expected to take charge upon returning from holiday.

Eastwood face a busy festive period, beginning with a visit to Romulus on Saturday, the hosts playing on the synthetic pitch at Sutton Coldfield.

Boxing Day will see Halesowen Town return to Coronation Park having already won there in the FA Trophy, before Newcastle Town visit on December 28 and Rainworth MW play host on New Year’s Day.