Youth chief steps up as Farnham Town axe Tony Reid

Thursday 7th April 2022 8:00 am
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FARNHAM TOWN are being led by their third manager in a turbulent season after the sudden dismissal of Tony Reid.

The outspoken boss was ousted on Monday.

Reid had been charged with building a squad capable of challenging for promotion in next season’s Combined Counties Premier Division South campaign.

He had made many changes to the side and had brought in players he knew when he managed Isthmian League Westfield, and was in the process of speaking to others to recruit in the summer.

Town lost 4-2 at Croydon on Saturday and there have been reports of players failing to arrive when they had been picked to play, and rows in the dressing room.

But the club have remained tight-lipped about the weekend, and why they have decided Reid had to go.

Officials declined to talk to the Herald and instead chairman Paul Tanner issued a club statement on Tuesday.

It read: “Following a meeting last night, the Farnham Town Management Committee have, with great regret, taken the decision to part company with first team manager Tony Reid by mutual consent and with immediate effect.

“On behalf of Farnham Town Football Club, I would like to thank Tony for his hard work during his time at the club and wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.

“We must now look forward to the future.

“On Saturday, Dan Goodall, who led our under-18s to the league title, will take charge of the first team for their match against Cobham and will retain this role for the remainder of the season.

“In the meantime, the Management Committee will commence the process of identifying and recruiting the right person to achieve our aim to take Farnham Town Football Club up into Step 4 of the league.”

Goodall will work alongside three members of Reid’s management team – Roger Steer, Tristan Rees and Chris Adams – who have decided to stay at the club.

Goodall’s first match in charge of Town is this Saturday’s home clash with Cobham.

Farnham say they will continue their policy of giving their young players the chance to prove themselves in the remaining four fixtures.

Last Saturday, Town had to rely on youth players with Harrison Burke and Max Cunningham from the successful under-18 side getting a run-out.

Josh Ogunseye and Will May were on target for Town.

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