New player-manager Matt Frew believes Barkingside can mount title charge

Frew inspired by Romford boss Paul Martin

Newly-appointed Barkingside player-boss Matt Frew is looking to follow the example of Romford chief Paul Martin after being handed his first managerial role.

Frew previously played under Martin at Romford, and sought advice from him before accepting the job and will combine the role while still playing for Barkingside.

And with the current squad assembled at Oakside this season, Frew believes his side can mount a serious challenge for the Essex Senior League title.

“I played under Paul at Romford and he has done a fine job of getting them up to Ryman One North from the Essex Senior League and staying there,” he said.

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“I have a good relationship with him on and off the field, as I do with a lot of the players and managers. I asked for his advice the other day about the job and he convinced me that I could still play as well as managing the side.

“I don’t want to hang up my boots at the age of 30, and I wasn’t sure when an opportunity like this would come up again as I have always been interested in becoming a manager when I finish playing, but this way I can do both.

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“There was a feeling that a lot of interest had gone from the players and I hadn’t come to Barkingside to finish just in the top six.

“I honestly believe with this squad we have at the moment we can push for the title. As long as the players believe in themselves and give 110 per cent then I can’t be disappointed.”

Frew started his role with a 3-0 win over Clapton in the London Senior Cup, before seeing his side slip out of the Essex Senior Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Witham Town, following a last-minute penalty on Tuesday night.

The new boss has been pleased with the effort so far, but knows there is room for improvement, as his side face Witham again this weekend, this time in league action.

“We had a few players missing due to work commitments and unavailability and pushed them all the way,” added Frew.

“And with a full squad at the weekend I feel we can push them even further and hopefully pick up the win this time.”

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