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Basildon United search for another new boss
BASILDON United are looking for their sixth manager in a year after John Mifsud stood down after one game in charge.
Mifsud – officially unveiled as the new Bees boss a week ago today – was in charge for a 2-0 loss at Haringey & Waltham on Saturday, but decided he would not continue after failing to agree on how the club should progress with chairman Paul Smith.
It leaves the Essex Senior League side on the lookout for a new manager ahead of their next game, which is at home to Enfield 1893 on October 27.
“After an honest chat with the chairman we both agreed that we didn’t share the same ideas on how to best take Basildon United forward,” said Mifsud.
“So now, with a two-week break before the club’s next fixture, it was decided it would be in the club’s best interest for me to step down to allow Basildon the time to put in place a new management structure.
“We have all parted on good terms and we wish them all the best for the future.”
Former Billericay Town reserve team boss Mifsud leaves the club with his assistant manager, Paul Moody, and coach Graham Scales.
Smith said: “After the game on Saturday I had a talk with John and we could not agree on a way forward.
“It was very a very honest chat and I wish John and his team all the very best. They are very decent football people.”
Mifsud’s appointment was the latest in a year of change at the Gardiners Close club.
Chris Wood was appointed manager in October following the resignation of Paul Larke, who took over in the summer after John Doyle stood down in May 2011, citing work and family commitments.
Wood quit in April after saying he could not continue because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of the club, who had withdrawn from the Essex Senior League, before withdrawing that resignation in June.
Former Ramsden manager Bobby Barnes had a nine-week spell in charge of the first team in the summer before he quit without overseeing a single match in charge, and John Higley returned as manager on the eve of this season.
Higley said he was shocked to be sacked earlier this month after overseeing a 3-0 win at Stansted, a result which lifted them to eighth in the division.
Higley was replaced by Mifsud last week, and he said one of the reasons he’d take the job was because he felt the Bees had the potential to play at a higher level.