11:00AM, Friday 04 May 2018
Sometimes in football you have to take a step back in order to move forwards again, and Burnham FC boss Paul Shone will be hoping that’s the case for the club.
Burnham’s position at the bottom of the Hellenic Premier Division was confirmed by last week’s results, making Saturday’s final home game against Wantage, which finished 2-2, a dead rubber.
But whether they go down to the level below or are reprieved, Shone has confirmed he’s staying at the club, and there appear to be exciting times ahead after the announcement on Saturday that president Malcolm Higton and secretary Rod Saunders were stepping down to be replaced by Nas Bashir, Tristan Lewis and Glenn Skivington.
The exact nature of the takeover, and their plans for The Gore club, will be revealed in the coming weeks but the expectation is that the club will be turned around and playing in the Southern League again is the new ambition.
If, as seems likely, the club are relegated it may take a few years to get there, but Shone is confident the club are moving in the right direction again.
“Whatever happens we’ll look to take the club forward with this new plan,” he said.
“Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward again.
“The announcement of a new regime at the club shows there are bright things on the horizon, even if a few things still need to be finalised.
“Malcolm and Rod are good people who’ve done well at times over the years, but a new injection of ideas was needed and that’s what’s happening.
“There are some big things on the horizon that will be announced in the coming weeks.”
Lewis, who has set up the United Select academy in Richings Park and has a wealth of experience in the game up to National League South level, will join forces with Bashir, the creator of the FAB Academy at Bisham Abbey.
With their help, Burnham should have a ready and willing supply of talented young players to fire their revival.
“With the people we’ve got involved, the future of the club is very bright,” said Shone.
“Whatever level we’re at we’ll be there to be shot at, because there will be people who’ll want this to fail.
“But we’re in good hands.”
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