New Barkingside manager is determined to start climbing Essex Senior League table

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 November 2018

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone (left) with manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone (left) with manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Newly-appointed Barkingside manager Alex Goldstone knows it’s going to be a tough challenge but is determined to help his side climb off the foot of the Essex Senior League.

The Cricklefield club announced a change of management on Tuesday with Michael Walther leaving to become joint-manager at Basildon United and Goldstone taking over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

However, he will remain at Romford as director of football as well, while taking over the reins at Side, and said: “It’s going to be a tough challenge, even though we’ve got some players that are able to play in the Bostik.

“Just because they’ve played at that level doesn’t mean I’m going to bring in a couple of players and it’s all going to be hunky dory.

“I think we’re five or six points off the next team above us, so I know it’s not going to be an easy task, I realise that.”

Goldstone is confident in his ability and the knowledge he has learnt from Romford manager Paul Martin and coach Mark Lord during his seven years at Boro.

“I’m confident in my ability of knowing players and my coaching skills,” he added.

“I’ve worked with ‘Magic’ and ‘Lordy’ for the last seven years and learnt so much off the pair of them.

“I’m looking to progress that into myself and mix it with my own coaching methods.

“At the minute I’m there until the end of the season and beyond that we’ll see what happens.”

Side currently sit bottom of the league with just five points to their name after 17 league fixtures, but Goldstone said: “Barkingside don’t deserve to be down the bottom, it’s not a team that should be down there.

“We’ve seen them play a couple of times and we think there is a talent pool there, but the results aren’t going for them.

“We’re very similar clubs, no money and no home, and I want to help them start moving up.”

Goldstone and his side will travel away to Southend Manor for his first match in charge of the club as they look to pick up their first league win of the season.

He said: “We’ve got quite a few games coming up thick and fast. This Saturday we’re away at Southend Manor, then we have another game next Tuesday.

“Pretty much every week we’ve got two games, so I’m looking forward to it.”

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