BUCKLAND: Search for managers begins after Froude exit

A SEARCH for a new manager is underway at Buckland Athletic after Paul Froude left his post last week.

The club have announced Froude will leave Homers Heath following the 5-1 West League home defeat to Mousehole on Saturday.

He leaves after leading the club on their best joint FA Vase run to date earlier this season. They currently sit 13and in the table.

“I really enjoyed my time at the club,” Froude said in a statement released on Sunday afternoon. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of their help and assistance during my time at Buckland Athletic.

“It has truly been a privilege to lead the club and I wish everyone involved success.”

Froude had been at the helm since December 2019, when he made the short trip across town from Peninsula League side Newton Abbot Spurs.

His first two seasons in charge were heavily disrupted by the coronavirus, with Buckland sitting ninth in the standings when the 2020/21 campaign was suspended.

“I know I speak for everyone at the club when I say Paul will be greatly missed,” Bucks director of football Adam Castle said.

“He’s done a great job since he arrived and to be honest it’s a bit of a shock that he quit.

“Having said that, people don’t realize what it takes to be a manager at this level. Paul is a family man and also a director of the family business, so when you consider everything you have to admire the Paul’s honesty in saying that he feels the time has come to leave.

“Paul has given everyone at the club good days, including this season with the FA Vase race. I was at home against Falmouth Town and the club was buzzing that day. Everything depended on Paul.

‘I would also like to thank Danny Gaze [former assistant]Nick Milton [assistant]Steve Gilles [assistant] and Paige Burrows [physio] for all their help and support for Paul during his tenure.

“We wish Paul well for the future and will welcome him to Homers Heath whenever he feels like a game.”

Assistant coach Milton is due to take the team to the St Luke’s Challenge Cup semi-final tonight at Bideford (7.45pm).

The caretaker boss will be without the services of Ollie Aplin, Luis Edmondson and JJ Evans, who are all tied for the cut – as well as Nick Milton Jnr, who is working.

The Newton Abbot Spurs duo of Alfie Tucker and Harry Ford, who started the campaign at Homers Heath, will travel to North Devon with the squad.

“It’s a tough game with a drop in confidence in the team,” admitted Milton. “But we’re going to regroup, and if we get up there and get something out of it, that would be awesome.

“Bideford might well go there expecting to walk all over us given the current circumstances, but we’re certainly not that bad at all.”

Club officials are to meet on Zoom tomorrow night [Wednesday] to discuss further the management options available to them in the future.

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