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Tuffley Rovers begin search for new boss

Tuffley Rovers are seeking a new permanent manager as they begin their preparations for the 2021/22 season.

Former manager Mark Pritchett stepped down in September, with his former assistant Richard Cox deputising on a caretaker basis.

Following the conclusion of seasons higher up the footballing pyramid, the club feel that it is now the time to prepare for the future.

Chairman Dan Boon confirmed that caretaker Cox would be in the running for the job, after the club’s success in the nine games he took charge of, he said: “Rich came in as an assistant when we were struggling during the 2018/19 season and has been an excellent coaching appointment, with many of the players incredibly positive about the contribution he has been able to make.

“We are very grateful for the role he has played since joining the club and, in particular, since taking the first team on. However, we are at a key stage in the club’s development and our committee sees this is as important an appointment, to any role, that we will make for many years. We feel we owe it to the club and our supporters to explore all options before making a decision”.

Like Boon, Head of Football Development Ken Blackburn, felt this was an important appointment for the club so a decision should not be rushed. “Tuffley Rovers are not a wealthy club, so our focus has to be on player development and appointing an excellent coaching team, of which the first team manager will be a vital ingredient, and we are keen to explore every opportunity to make sure we appoint the right person to lead us into 2021/22.

“We need a manager who can both develop the players we already have at the club and also bring in some new faces to add a little extra quality and create more competition for places.

 “In an ideal scenario, we will have a manager who is familiar with the local football scene and who can help us draw in players who will add to what we already have.”

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