Townsend departs Pershore Town by mutual consent - The Evesham Observer

Townsend departs Pershore Town by mutual consent

Evesham Editorial 4th May, 2018 Updated: 10th May, 2018   0

QUENTIN Townsend hopes another club will benefit from his experiences after ending his three-year stay as Pershore Town manager.

Townsend left the Midland League Division One club “by mutual consent” last week after a meeting with chairman Daniel Parvin.

Worcester-based Townsend, a former Pershore player, felt a likely cut in budget would have hampered recruiting players, particularly because their geographical position made it hard to attract people.

“I sat down with the chairman and committee and they wanted to take the club in a different direction,” he said. “They said the budget would be drastically cut. For any manager, that leaves you with a difficult decision.

“For Pershore, it’s an issue because of the geography of the town – it’s difficult to attract players because of the travelling distance. If there are any good local players, they tend to play for Worcester and clubs that can pay them.”

A former pro footballer with Wolves and Hereford, former Southam United boss Townsend took over Pershore in November 2015 and led the club to 14th and 18th in the Midland League Division One standings.

This season, they had been pushing for a top half challenge but a winless run in the final six matches has left them 18th with their rivals still to finish off their campaigns.

“It’s frustrating because I really thought we would be able to take Pershore further than I have,” said Townsend.

“I’ve had to rebuild the team three or four times but probably the football we played from January to March this year was the best I’ve seen. It’s been the best group of players I’ve had and they were getting to grips with what I wanted from them.”

Townsend is weighing up any options for the future but hopes to quickly find a new role.

“I’ve learned a lot in the past three years and I would like to think I could put that experience into good use elsewhere,” he added. “I’m certainly not finished with football.”

Parvin said the committee had been looking to make changes – suggesting a revamp of the management team as well ‘for a fresh outlook’.

“I would personally like to thank Quentin for his efforts, particularly this season, my first as chairman, and wish him all the best for the future,” said Parvin.

“The club will be taking this opportunity to review its current football structure and expect a great deal of interest in the vacant position once this is established.

“The club looks forward to the 2018/19 season and will make further announcements when an appointment is made.”

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