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quit in April after saying he could not continue because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of the club, who had withdrawn from the Essex Senior League, before withdrawing that resignation in June.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.

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5:06pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Joe Hune says...

Basildon United has a good size ground (needs a bit of work) and a good catchment for players. The problem at Basildon United is the crap people that own it!!

The problem was around for years while the old owner was around and now it continues.

Basildon United should be playing Ryman League at least, but nobody wants to play for them as they can't stand the internal politics.

The managers are never left to manage the football and the owners always want to get involved.

I watched Basildon United for most of last season and Chris Woods couldn't get any players to improve the side because the reputation is so poor.

Good luck manager number seven!
Basildon United has a good size ground (needs a bit of work) and a good catchment for players. The problem at Basildon United is the crap people that own it!! The problem was around for years while the old owner was around and now it continues. Basildon United should be playing Ryman League at least, but nobody wants to play for them as they can't stand the internal politics. The managers are never left to manage the football and the owners always want to get involved. I watched Basildon United for most of last season and Chris Woods couldn't get any players to improve the side because the reputation is so poor. Good luck manager number seven! Joe Hune

5:09pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Joe Hune says...

One final point, John Higley must be laughing his head off. He takes them to mid table after being bottom all last season and gets the sack! Now they don't have a manager!!!

GOOD BUSINESS DECISION FOR THE CLUB MR CHAIRMAN.
One final point, John Higley must be laughing his head off. He takes them to mid table after being bottom all last season and gets the sack! Now they don't have a manager!!! GOOD BUSINESS DECISION FOR THE CLUB MR CHAIRMAN. Joe Hune
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