WOODFORD UNITED: Chairman Worrall upbeat despite Austin departure

EX-BOSS - Mitch Austin resigned as Woodford United manager last weekend, and has since taken up the post of reserve team manager at Bugbrooke St Michael's
EX-BOSS - Mitch Austin resigned as Woodford United manager last weekend, and has since taken up the post of reserve team manager at Bugbrooke St Michael's
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Chairman Andy Worrall says he has already fielded a couple of phone calls from managers interested in filling the vacant manager’s position at Woodford United.

The man who had been occupying the role, Mitch Austin, sent Worrall an email on Saturday to inform him of his decision to stand down.

Austin had helped the club end a run of 65 successive defeats dating back to April 2012 with a win over Blackstones last month.

But that proved to be a high point in a tough stint at Byfield Road, with Woodford sitting bottom of UCL Division One with just that solitary win to their name.

And, with Austin deciding to call it a day, the club are now on the hunt for a sixth new manager in the space of just 15 months.

But Worrall, who is currently away, says there has been no shortage of interest.

“We’ll move on and even on Saturday I got a couple of calls from people wanting to know about the job,” said the Woodford supremo.

“For us it’s about survival rather than stability because we don’t have anyone coming to watch us and we don’t get enough money to cover some expenses.

“We’re bottom of the league with just three points to our name but we don’t really expect anything more than that at the moment.”

And on Austin, he said: “Mitch worked hard for us and he got us that first win.

“He was finding it hard financially because we’ve not been able to pay expenses and we’ve struggled to attract players, which we understand in our situation.

“Mitch did very well for us. He’s a nice, genuine guy and we know it wasn’t easy for him. We wish him and his players all the best.”

Woodford’s decline has been stark as they have slipped from the Southern League into UCL Division One.

But Worrall says there is no worry about the club’s future and is currently seeking investment in a bid to turn its fortunes around.

“We’ve got no intention of turning into an AFC,” he said.

“We’ve got four teams here on a Saturday and our reserves are more than capable of playing at UCL Division One level.

“They’re in the quarter-finals of the County Cup and they don’t ask for any money. They actually pay £5 to play.

“It would be unfair to turn them into the first team and we’ve got no intention to do that.

“We’re speaking to people about the financial side of things to see if anyone wants to come in and there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

Austin’s final game in charge was Saturday’s 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Whitworth. Chris Fury scored both goals for the Reds, who led 1-0 early on, and were only 3-2 down going into the final 15 minutes.

This Saturday Woodford entertain second-from-bottom Bourne Town at Byfield Road.