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FOOTBALL - Bromsgrove Sporting confirm Flowers departure and boardroom changes after safety secured

Bromsgrove Editorial 21st Apr, 2024 Updated: 25th Apr, 2024   0

BROMSGROVE Sporting confirmed the departure of interim manager Tim Flowers just hours after the club secured their Southern League Premier Central status with a win at Stratford Town.

Flowers successfully guided the Rouslers to safety with an impressive 2-1 victory away at play-off chasing Stratford, after replacing player-manager Michael McGrath in the Victoria Ground dugout back in February.

However, the club’s executive board notified Flowers of their decision earlier in the week and feel the Rouslers need a complete overhaul. Sporting hope to appoint a new manager within the next week.

Sporting chairman Rod Brown said: “Following a process that lasted a few weeks, we have made this very difficult decision. We felt that the team requires a complete rebuild, similar to the situation we have within the club as a whole.

“I would like to place on record the professionalism of Tim in agreeing to stay this weekend to help us secure our Step Three status in the Southern Central League with a positive performance and result.

“We would like to thank Tim, who was appointed as interim manager until the end of the season, and we commend him for his efforts under very difficult circumstances. We wish him every success in the future.”

Flowers won four, drew one and lost six of his 11 matches in charge of the club.

Sporting have also confirmed lomg-standing board members Phil Baker and John Smith have given notice they will stand down from the board at the end of the season.

Baker was part of the group which set up Sporting and also headed the club’s safety and security and took on the secretary role during his 15 years with the Rouslers while Smith has been with Sporting for the last decade.

Both Baker and Smith have stated their wish to continue to volunteer at the club when possible.

In light of those departures, the club have announced the appointment of Rob McLaren to the board.

Brown added: “Once Richard Boorn (Vice Chairman) and I were appointed, we both knew Rob was an obvious choice to enhance the board.

“I have known Rob for a long time and admired what he has helped Alvechurch to achieve with his skillsets.

“Rob will be responsible for identifying and gaining grants to further enhance the club’s sustainability, plus take full responsibility for match day facilitation on safety and security.”

After returning to Sporting, McLaren said: “It’s great to be back at Sporting, to finish the project I helped start in 2008.

“I really enjoyed my time at Alvechurch and have learned a lot from Richard Thorndike (Chairman) and the rest of the team there. Getting the Hayes facility up and running was a real achievement and I was proud to be a part of the process.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Executive Board and starting out on the next exciting stage of this young club’s development.”


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