A statement from Glen Golby

Monday September 11th 2017

Following his resignation Glen Golby has asked for the following statement to be released:

I would just like to say a few words on my resignation from Barking FC.

As you may or may not be aware since joining Barking as a player I have since had two little girls. For the past 18 months we have not really trained as the team me and Steve put together we felt had more than enough quality to win the league without training. This suited me as it meant I would be out for the odd midweek game and then on the Saturday. However having played in the Bostik League I know the step up is very different and that you get no easy games and that you need to train. I felt that in the summer having worked hard to get promotion I owed it to myself to give it a try, however I now feel is the right time to hold my hands up and say I can’t commit to three days a week as I am losing to much time watching my girls grow up.

Having let Rob, Steve and Justin know my decision I would like to thank them for the offer of working part time and continue my role and just attend match days, however I had to decline this offer as I don’t think it is fair on the players, how can I expect them to put they bodies on the line for me when I am only turning up for them on match days.

I feel in Justin I am leaving you with an experienced manager, who has many contacts in the game and who will be able to push the club on in the right direction. If I didn’t feel Justin was the right person to continue the hard work me and Steve started then this decision wouldn’t have been so easy to make. I would like to thank Justin for coming in pre-season and it was a pleasure working and learning from him and if when the girls are abit older and Justin is still in football then hopefully I get the chance to work with him again in some capacity.

I would like to thank Rob O’Brien and Mick O’Shea firstly for bringing me to the club as a player and then have the trust in me to appoint me Joint Manager. I would also like to thank them for all the help they offered me to make the transition from player to manager so smoothly and helping in any way possible to make my life easy.

Big thanks go to Keith Whittington, The Committee and the supporters for all the help I have received during my time as manager and player. All the little things you do around the club financially and physically during the week and on match days made my life that little bit easier meaning I could concentrate on getting the team ready for match days.

I would also like to thank all the players who have played for me in my time in charge, it has been a pleasure and without you I could not have achieved the things I have.

My last and biggest thank you goes to Steve Willis, without him agreeing to coming in as Joint Manager none of this would have possible and you the supporters would not have met a lot of the players from last season successful squad, as it was Steve who managed to get them through the door and then between us convincing them to sign forms.

I wish Barking FC the best going forward and I will return as a supporter as and when I get time.

Footnote: We at Barking FC would like to thank Glen for his time and effort as both a player and manager, it is not a co-incidence that since Glen and Steve Willis joined the club started to move forward on the playing front, Utilising their experience and contacts to bring us last season's Essex Senior League championship and return to the Isthmian League - which has been long awaited by supporters. Since signing in the summer of 2014 Glen made exactly 100 senior appearances scoring three goals one of which was the last goal in the 4-2 Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy win over Clapton in May 2015, he also had various spells in goal and kept a run of 315 minutes without conceding and saving a penalty as well.

Thank you Glen and good luck in all of your future endeavours from Barking FCfrofro

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