The managerial merry-go-round just won’t stop at Somerset-based club Weston-super-Mare AFC since Ryan Northmore’s departure on the 18th September. Here’s my view on who could become their next manager:
10. Jon Haile
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The former Head Of Youth Development at Bristol City and former Liverpool scout Jon Haile starts the shortlist off as number.10. Haile rejoined Weston in the summer as the Football Development Director. Haile is currently in charge as the caretaker manager at the seaside club. The two clubs he’s been at the helm for finished with a 3-0 loss away to Maidenhead. and a 7-0 win at home to Shepton Mallet in the Somerset Premier Cup. Despite having no previous managerial experience, Haile would certainly have the fans on side if he was to take on the top job permanently.
Editors note: We have since been informed that Jon Haile is not in the running for the Weston job.
9. Tom Jordan
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The former Weston-super-Mare defender and club captain retired last summer. But after making a return in the early parts of pre-season, Jordan decided to stay where he was in retirement but with him remaining a favourite with the fans, Jordan could be set for a shock appointment as the man who could take on the task of guiding Weston up the table and with the fans sure to back him, Jordan could turn the team around after a tough few years they would rather forget with Ryan Northmore at the helm.
8. Adrian Pennock
The former Forest Green Rovers manager may well be in contention for the role to try and re-establish his managerial career. With some upcoming Weston centre-backs to work with such as Jason Pope and Zemell Burton, Pennock will certainly fancy his chances at turning a failing Weston defence into a strong one if he was given the opportunity.
7. Warren Feeney
Feeney was sacked as Newport County manager as recently as 28th September, and with himself being a forward player, Feeney can certainly bring the best out of livewire wingers Joe McClennan and Dayle Grubb as well as take upcoming forward Lewis Powell under his wing as he could potentially turn the Seagulls form around.
6. Leigh Robinson
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The current Taunton Town manager has been taking ‘The Peacocks’ to new heights in the past few seasons, with Weston’s neighbours having reached the last three playoffs and aiming to either equal or do better this time around. With Robinson one of the best and upcoming managers in the county of Somerset, Weston chairman Paul Bliss may take a punt on the promising manager.
5. Pablo Asensio
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The former Whitehawk manager was recently spotted at the Maidenhead vs Weston game, potentially surveying over what things he could try and change with a struggling Weston side. The Argentinian has a fair amount of experience in coaching, having coached and scouted alongside friend Gus Poyet while at Brighton. Asensio has also managed in Spain and has been in charge alongside Steve King for the past four years, with Asensio finally stepping up to manage Whitehawk after King was sacked toward the back end of last season. Could Asensio bring a foreign flair to the Seagulls?
4. David Mehew
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The Bristol Rovers legend is currently in charge of Mangotsfield United after rejoining them last November. Aged 48, Mehew will be considered to have the right experience and be of the right age to get the Seagulls supporters on side immediately. And with Mehew’s son, Olly, currently out of favour at Forest Green Rovers, Weston may also see a new addition to the playing staff if Olly joins his dad at his new job with the fledgling Seagulls.
3. Marc McGreggor
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The former Weston player and assistant manager under Craig Laird will be hoping to get himself in the hotseat to guide his much-loved team up the league table and stabilise their position in the upper reaches of the table. McGreggor appears a likely choice due to his knowledge of the club and of the league, but will it be enough to secure himself the top job?
2. Steve Tully
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Steve Tully has emerged as a late candidate for the managerial post at the seaside club as he has appeared to like comments on the club’s Facebook page, a sign that Tully may well be interested in the post. The former Truro city man knows what it’s like to succeed, having guided Truro to 2 consecutive seasons and the Vanarama National League South playoffs last season. Surely Tully should be the first choice?
However, the man most Weston fans are keen to see in the Seagulls dugout is…
1. Chris Todd
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Chris Todd could be the best thing to happen to Weston since former manager Craig Laird left in 2014 if he is handed the opportunity to manager a potential-laden Weston team with star strikers Jake Mawford and loanee Brad Ash key to any success Weston are to endure. Known as the man who survived a battle with leaukeamia after being diagnosed in 2008 and taking Weston’s star striker of last season and fan favourite Scott Wilson to Eastleigh in the summer before getting the axe, Todd is seen as being one of the two competitors in a two-horse race, with Steve Tully, as the man to mend Weston’s broken hearts. But will there be another twist in the tale yet?…
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