17th Jan, 2018

Bromsgrove Sporting boss Smith wants to stay 'for next 20 years' to help Rouslers progress

Craig Gibbons 11th Jan, 2018

MANAGER Paul Smith has revealed he would love to stay at Bromsgrove Sporting ‘for the next 20 years’ in some capacity and vowed to ensure everybody at the club was ‘pulling in the same direction’.

Despite admitting the relationship between himself and the board was not the best, Smith stressed he would continue to battle on and help the Rouslers achieve success in the league and in the FA Vase.

Sporting currently sit second in the Midland League Premier Division table with a game in hand on league leaders Coleshill Town and are currently into the last 16 of the Vase.

And with a two-year contract imminent for Smith, the Sporting boss told the Standard he wants to be at the Victoria Ground for the long haul.

“How we are doing as well as we are doing given what is going on behind the scenes is just unbelievable,” he said.

“I love this football club for so many reasons. For one, the fans are just incredible.

“The respect that I have for them and the respect they have for me makes Bromsgrove a special place to be right now.

“I know this sounds soppy but the club holds a special place in my heart and I will do everything I can to push this club as high as I can take it because I have the enthusiasm to do so.

“A lot of success has been overshadowed recently and it is important we enjoy the good times as they don’t always come around.”

With plenty of focus on Sporting’s current adventures, Smith has also set his eyes on what he would like to achieve in the future whether that be as manager or on the board.

“I would like to be here in 10, 15 or even 20 years time in various roles,” he added.

“I do not want to be in the FA Vase next year, I want to be in the FA Trophy and want to take this club into the Evo-Stik leagues and further.

“Once I have finished my time as manager I would then like to get myself onto the board but for that to happen it is very important to me that everyone is pulling in the same direction.

“It is critical everyone has got the club’s best interests at heart.

“After having a very tough time, more than ever before, it makes me more determined to succeed and push the club to the next level.”

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