16th Jul, 2019

Fairfield boss wants to end the season on a positive note

Craig Gibbons 5th May, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

FAIRFIELD Villa general manager Paul Oakes hopes his side can secure victory on his last day in charge at the club.

Villa travel to Barnt Green Spartak on Saturday for their final Midland League Division Two game of the season.

Saturday’s fixture is also the last time Oakes and assistant Lee Shaw will be taking the reigns of Villa as the pair announced last month they will be stepping down at the end of the season.

Oakes is to remain at the club as vice-chairman and the recruitment process is well underway to find a replacement.

“I would love to end the season on a positive note and go out with a win,” Oakes said.

“It’s been a very disappointing season as we’re so used to being in the top four.

“Myself and Lee thought long and hard about stepping down but we felt it was the right decision to make.

“I send my sincere thanks to club secretary Charlie Harris who appointed us 11 seasons ago – without him, there would be no Fairfield, he is ‘Mr Fairfield’.

“I would also like to thank Kevin Nind and George Leaver, who sit on the committee, for all their help over the course of our time here.”

Ahead of Saturday’s fixture, Oakes has the same squad, including four youth players, who were narrowly defeated 2-1 by Chelmsley Town on Saturday.

Dan Wilkes and Stuart Hall are also expected to make a return to action.

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