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3rd Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Baillie admits it was an easy decision to take on Sporting managerial role

BROMSGROVE Sporting manager Thomas Baillie insists it was an “easy decision” for him to join the Rouslers as he looks to turn the club’s fortunes around next season.

Baillie has replaced Gavin Hurren in the Victoria Ground dugout for the 2022/23 season and has previously managed Kettering Town, Stratford Town and Tamworth.

Sporting were involved in a relegation battle for much of last season but Baillie feels a squad rebuild can help lift the Rouslers up the table.

Baillie told Bromsgrove Sporting’s YouTube channel: “I’ve been fortunate over the years to manage a few big clubs and once Bromsgrove gave me the opportunity it was an easy decision.

“I had a few offers in this league and above and the whole drive of the club and the fans attracted me.

“I know the parameters I’m working in, players have gone, it’s been a difficult place the last few months, it was a tough end to the season.

“It’s best for all parties for people to go off and enjoy their football elsewhere and we can try and rebuild for the future.”

And Baillie admitted the club need more firepower in attack having already swooped to bring in Mike Taylor and Dan Sweeney – the latter signing from local rivals Redditch United.

Baillie added: “My aim is to be as high as we can, I would ideally like to be in and around the play-offs come the end of the season.

“We’ve got a bit of a rebuilding job to do first, it’s about how quickly the players gel, we’ve got a lot of hard work in pre-season to gel together as a team and we’ll see where it takes us.

“In terms of the recruitment so far, I’m quite happy, it’s a good side, it was okay here defensively last year, at the other end of the field it wasn’t good enough.

“With the signings we’ve made and maybe one or two others, we’ll certainly change that, we’re trying hard, it’s a tough league but I see no reason why we can’t compete very well.”

Despite a raft of new signings and player departures, Baillie is confident Bromsgrove will hit the ground running when the season begins.

He said: “Over the years I’ve managed some good clubs, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could do well, the pressure isn’t on us to go and win the league.

“There’s some massive teams in this league that have a lot more financial backing than we do.

“We’ve got great belief here and I’m really hopeful that we can turn it around quite quickly.”

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