STAFFORD Rangers will appoint a new manager by the end of this week.
The club are currently waiting on guidance on social distancing to find out if they are able to conduct face-to-face interviews or will have to carry out the process online.
Boro are looking to make their fourth appointment in two years, following the departures of Neil Kitching in 2018, Steve Burr in 2019 and Andy Fearn and Alex Meechan at the end of last season.
Former joint manager Fearn is over-seeing the process, having stepped upstairs at the club to take on the role of director of football.
Fearn told the Newsletter : “We have reached the final stage and will make an announcement regarding the management team by the end of the week.”
Alan Gee’s column
The lockdown continues and we continue in a world of uncertainty for both life, in general, and sport. As a club and community, we have shown what we can achieve, with our Stand Together scheme now raising over £50,000 and that is a great start! Our campaign has reached people, locally, nationally and internationally, with donations, virtual tickets and share purchases being taken up by those, far and wide.
Where do we go next? Well, all of the fundraising streams are still there if you want to give, but with people not working those will be hard to maintain such a funding pace. We have to innovate and evolve. Look at other ideas that may well generate longer term funds and, in turn, just maybe bring the community into the club and vice versa.
We have the chance to hit the reset button, look at our business plan, throw some ideas around and some of those actions just may draw more attention to the club.
Everything we are currently experiencing gives us the chance to raise our profile and give us some decent commercial air time. The fortune of escaping relegation keeps us at a higher competitive level, with bigger crowds. The fund raising scheme shows not only that we can be innovative and attract interest, but there is already an existing audience that are willing to give. Going through the process of selecting and appointing a new manager with some different playing staff also raises interest. Thousands have read our updates during the crisis and without that reach people would not have known how to generate the funds that we have raised.
I think our next big news will be the appointment of a new first team manager and people are eagerly waiting this announcement. We have used a system that has been used by other clubs, that has been successful, compliant and safe. The delay in our process has been down to awaiting advice on social distancing, with us giving it every chance to take on face to face interviews or having to deal with it online. We keep our fingers crossed for hiring the right man, with the relevant qualifications and outlook!
For now, keep checking our website and media feeds, join our friendship scheme (Lottery) if you have not and stay positive while keeping safe!