New faces behind the scenes can boost Town says manager Townsend - The Evesham Observer

New faces behind the scenes can boost Town says manager Townsend

Evesham Editorial 19th Jun, 2017   0

MANAGER Quentin Townsend insists a new chairman, vice-chairman and committee at Pershore Town will only enhance their future prospects.

When joint-chairmen Tim Webb and Steve Bradstock stepped down at the end of the season, there were suggestions the club could be in danger.

However, after a hastily arranged meeting, a new committee has been formed with Daniel Parvin becoming chairman and Tim Phillips vice-chairman.

Both have strong connections with Pershore, Parvin being manager of the U14s girls team and Phillips, who is also part of the Worcestershire FA, being the club’s groundsman whose work on the King George V Stadium has been recognised in being shortlisted for groundsman of the year.

“When Steve stepped down after Tim said he was having to quit, there was talk about whether the club could even fold but that’s all in the past,” said Townsend.

“When the meeting was called there was a new influx of people and a new committee was formulated. With Daniel and Tim taking on board the roles as chairman and vice-chairman, we are in a good position.

“From my point of view, nothing has changed. It’s all good. Everything is in place to take the club forward.”

After a strong end to the season in Midland League Division One, Townsend has been delighted to keep the bulk of a squad which was revamped mid-season.

Skipper Shaun Griffiths has rejected interest from Walsall Wood and will take on a player-assistant role alongside Townsend and new coach Paul Harris.

However, top scorer Jamie Clarke, defender Richard Robinson, full back Chris Whittaker and midfielder Danny Scheppel will be heading to pastures new.

Clarke, who will be representing GB in the Deaflympics in Turkey next month, will be moving to live in America, while Robinson will be taking a break after becoming a dad and Whittaker will also put football on hold because of his work as a self-employed electrician.

Much-travelled Scheppel, who was also assistant boss, has moved to former club Worcester to take charge of their U21s team.

Townsend is in talks with a number of possible strikers to fill the boots of the prolific Clarke and will also take a look at a number of trialists in pre-season.

The first session will be held on June 26, with the first friendly away to Highgate United on July 4.

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