Roger Steer leaves Farnham Town after 50 years in non-league football

Sunday 19th June 2022 6:00 am
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Roger Steer in charge on the Farnham Town training pitch
Roger Steer in charge on the Farnham Town training pitch (Tindle )

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With the new management team now in place, Roger Steer has made the decision to step away from his role.

Although Steer took the reins at the end of last season after Tony Reid’s departure, he made it very clear he was not interested in the role on a permanent basis.

“After 50 years in non-league football as a player, coach, manager and director of football, I think I’ve earned a break!” he said.

“Having been involved with Farnham Town for three fantastic years, this has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, especially since I have so much respect for everyone involved, particularly those who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to continue the progress the club have made.”

Steer will continue to help the club’s committee with their plans for development and improvements off the pitch.

But he said: “As a director of football, your role is to provide a link between the dressing room and the committee room.

“You’re there to give the management team the freedom to do what they do best – develop and motivate the current players, identify and recruit potential new players, scout the opposition and develop the tactics to beat them.

“If Farnham Town are to maintain the progress they have made in the three years I’ve been here and push for promotion to Step 4, they need a director of football who will be there to support the new management team in the medium to long term.

“Unfortunately, at my age, I don’t feel able to make that commitment.”

Although he’s keen to give the new Town management team a clean break from the past, he will still be seen at matches.

“I’m looking forward to watching Farnham as a fan next season,” he said.

“Town have been a massive part of my life for the past three years and I intend to be right behind them.”

Chairman Paul Tanner said: “Over the past three years, Roger’s experience has been invaluable to the development of the club.

“I have the utmost respect for Roger on a personal and professional level and will always be grateful for the way he helped forge such a successful relationship between the committee and the team management.

“It’s a measure of the man that he stepped in when the club parted company with Tony Reid and, along with Dan Goodall, Tristan Rees and Chris Adams, steadied the ship and steered us to a top-half finish.”

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