Bashley Sack Stride After Just Two Months

Southern League Division One South & West club Bashley have dismissed manager David Stride after just forty days in charge.

The former Chelsea player oversaw just two preseason friendlies during his short stay, losing both. The club have cited the results, along with a lack of new signings, as the reasons for their decision. They have appointed one of their former managers already, with Steve Riley agreeing to return. Riley is one of the club’s most successful managers, leading them to the Southern a Premier before departing for AFC Totton in 2012.

Stride has hit out at the club, telling BBC Sport:

“It’s absolute codswallop. The club already had someone in mind to replace me, but waited two weeks before telling me. I’ve got no hard feelings, but sadly the club weren’t man enough to tell me earlier. I was given the guarantee I’d be left alone for a season to take sole charge of football matters, but I’m gone after just two games”.

However, Stride was in charge before a change at the top, as vice-chairman Tim Allan took over as chairman following the club’s AGM last week, and it looks as though he wanted his own man in charge.

As for Riley, he says the pull of the club was too good to ignore despite him anticipating a break from football after leaving Totton in March.

Bashley FC have been through the mill in the last couple of seasons, even being “hours from folding” in 2013. Here’s hoping Riley can work his magic once more, and deliver success to this picturesque corner of the New Forest.


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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