MacFarland all set to take over as new Badgers boss

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Eastwood Town will begin 2014 under new management once again with Paul MacFarland set to be confirmed as boss this week.

Caretaker manager Lee Barrow is expected to take charge of the Badgers in the New Year’s Day clash at Rainworth MW, played after the Advertiser went to press on Tuesday.

MacFarland, 55, and assistant boss John Adams will then take over for the trip to Chasetown tomorrow (Friday)

They are the third management team to oversee Eastwood’s team already this season, not including Barrow’s brief spell, and being well adrift at the bottom of the table the aim of the game is clear.

MacFarland, who had a successful spell in charge of Eastwood’s reserve side when Bryan Chambers was first team boss several years ago, said: “Obviously it’s a difficult job to take on and being at the bottom it’s easy to see every game as being really tough.

“But we’ve seen some of the recent matches and the displays have been encouraging at times, so I think there are reasons to be optimistic.

“One of the big priorities is to get some stability back to the club on and off the field. When I was here before there were jobs for everyone and a good infrastructure, but the club is now a shadow of its former self.”

MacFarland says the squad may see several more changes as he and Adams aim to make their mark, but is aware budgetary constraints will play a part.

He added: “There is a budget we think is manageable and we need to make sure everyone gets paid what they expect to be paid. We won’t offer what we can’t afford.

“John has been working with Chesterfield’s academy for several years and we both have good contacts, as does Lee Barrow who we’re keeping on in a player-coach capacity.

“We’re all UEFA-qualified coaches so have a lot to offer, and we’ll also be aiming to get quite a lot of localised talent involved too.

“Once we’ve played Chasetown we’ll then be able to have some good training sessions and also bring some more players in, so it may take a while for things to settle down but we’re confident we can have a good go at staying up despite where we are in the table at the moment.”

MacFarland also revealed striker Henry Sibenge has left Eastwood to sign for Mickleover Sports.