Shrivenham Assistant Manager Chris Robinson (pictured) has confirmed that he is happy to extend his involvement at Barrington Park to a fourth successive campaign.
Chairman Matt Hirst said: “Although we’ve not had the chance to have a chat yet, we’ve had a few text messages and he has let me know that he would still love to be involved with the club, and I’m thrilled with his decision.
“Losing Gareth [Davies] was disappointing as was the departure of Wayne [Petrie] and Dave [Terry] yesterday [after they took up the First Team offer from Purton] but between those decisions, we’ve been fortunate enough to have Slicka [Steve Hendry] and now Chuff confirm their commitment to the club and willingness to work under whoever comes in to take on the managers role.
“The key word for continued success at this club for me is ‘continuity’. Trying to keep as many of the backroom staff and players together as possible is key. We’re building something exciting here at Barrington Park, and both Slicka and Chuff have been a part of that and have shown enormous loyalty to the club since arriving and we didn’t want them to leave. Knowing they’re both keen to remain involved gives us a real positive going in to our search for a new manager.
“Having people that can work well together, especially when things aren’t going as well, is critical and that’s been evident over the last two seasons – when we’ve had slow starts, everyone has been able to get along, knuckle down and turn things round to continue the success we’ve experienced.”
While some may have thought that Chuff could have been tempted to apply for the vacant managers spot, the Chairman confirmed that wasn’t the case.
“We’ve already received a number of applications for the role, but I can confirm that Chuff isn’t one of them,” he continued.
“During our messages, Chuff was honest with me and ruled himself out of applying for the role due to his current commitments with his family and at work, but he was enthusiastic to remain involved and for me, there was no question that we want to keep him around.
“Whoever we eventually appoint is likely to want to bring in a few of their own familiar faces, but we want to retain as much quality as possible, so keeping hold of as many of our existing coaching team as we can is a big priority for us, and something we want to do.
“Chuff has a proven track record and has played a massive part in getting us to where we are today and I’m delighted that he’ll continue to do that – he has an important role here and he is enthusiastic about helping us to continue to head in the right direction.”
Speaking on his eagerness to remain at the club, Chuff added: “I enjoy being here, the last three years have been fantastic and even thought I realise that whoever is ultimately appointed as manager will want to bring in their own coaching team, I’m more than happy to fit in with whatever role they feel I can assist with.
“At this level of football there is a lot involved with organising a successful team, so just as when Slicka stepped in to help us last season, it meant that we all had more time to focus on other things and it made the job a little easier for everyone else.
“If I can help out around the club with training, on match days or wherever and it makes the incoming managers life a little easier, then I’m more than willing to help lighten their workload.”
Applications are currently being accepted by the club for the positions of First XI manager and Development Team manager.
Interested parties with the relevant experience [who hold a minimum of an FA Level 1 coaching qualification] are invited to apply for either of the vacancies by emailing club Chairman Matt Hirst at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to include details of your coaching experience and any relevant qualifications.
Applications for the vacancy of First XI Manger are being accepted up until 5pm on Friday June 12 , while the closing date for applications for the position of Development Team Manager will be accepted up until 5pm on Tuesday June 16 .