Long Buckby begin search for new manager

Phil Mason
Phil Mason

Long Buckby are on the lookout for a new manager following the resignation of Phil Mason.

The club announced at that Mason had resigned as first team boss at Station Road, saying that he was not happy with the playing budget for the new campaign.

Mason, who returned to Buckby as manager at the back end of the 2012/13 season, replacing Scott Goodwin, endured a difficult time.

Buckby spent the whole season in the lower reaches of the premier division, and following a six-point deduction for an administration error regarding midfielder Joe Power, ended up battling against relegation.

Buckby did eventually stay up by the skin of their teeth, but there was celarly a difference of opinion in how to improve on field matters next season and he and the club have parted ways.

A club statement read: “Phil Mason has resigned as manager of UCL Premier Division team Long Buckby AFC, after deciding that the budget offered to him was, in his opinion, a ‘bottom 5 budget’.

“He did request a larger budget for the coming season, but the committee felt that any increase should be as a result of better performances, as despite being deducted six points for administration irregularities, the finishing position was not as expected.

“On field player dissent was not good, and resulted in the club being fined several hundred pounds under the Football Association Respect programme.

“Phil’s objective for last season was to keep the club in the Premier Division, and for that, we thank him, and wish him well for the future.”

Buckby, UCL champions under Glenn Botterill in 2012, now begin the process of trying to find a new manager ahead of the forthcoming season, which kicks off in August.

A statement read: “Any suitable candidate for the position, should in the first instance contact club chairman/secretary Dave Austin on 07710 723477 or email to lbafc.dja@gmail.com”