BROMSGROVE SPORTING manager Paul Smith wants to remain at the helm of the Rouslers next season to ‘finish off’ the job he started.
In his first full season with the club, Smith has pushed Midland League Division One leaders Coventry United all the way but look to have come up short as they sit six points adrift with only three games to go.
This disappointment comes after the Rouslers narrowly missed out on promotion last season at the hands of Highgate United, but with Coventry looking the most likely to go up, Smith insists he wants to finish off what he started.
“We’ve not given up hope on securing promotion this season but I’ve said before that Coventry now have one hand and four fingers on the trophy,” he said.
“I’ve always maintained the side with the biggest budget will go up and over the last two seasons that has been the case.
“The players have thrown everything at Coventry this season but have fallen just short through no fault of their own but that’s pleasing in itself as we’ve managed to fight right up until the very end.
“There’s some big meetings coming up over the next few weeks where I’ll sit down with the board and see if we share the same ambitions and ideas for next season.
“I want to remain as the manager for next season as I want to finish off the job I started.
“The club has grown brilliantly both on and off the pitch in my time here and the board deserve a lot of credit as more fans and more finances are coming into the club.”
Sporting, who secured a 2-0 victory over Heath Hayes on Saturday thanks to goals from Luke Dugmore and Josh Westwood, return to league action tonight (Tuesday) at Southam United followed by a trip to Bolehall Swifts on Thursday night.
Ahead of tonight’s clash, Smith will be giving youngsters Samuel Horton, Lucky Nwosu, Ethan Hanks, Dean Fisher and Lewis Kemp a start due to a squad being stretched to its limits.
“We’re going to Southam on bare bones,” Smith added.
“We have been running on empty over the last few games but tonight and Thursday gives the youngsters the opportunity to showcase their talents.
“When I joined the club I wanted to bring the first team, the under-18s and under-21s together and I’ve done exactly that.
“If the young players perform when given the chance I’ll call them up to the first team without shadow of a doubt.”