Gulfer brings in new assistant at Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 January 2016

Gursel Gulfer manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Gursel Gulfer manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side boss appoints Instone as his number two ahead of Tilbury clash

Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer is hoping a recent addition to his backroom staff will help spark a turnaround in the team’s form in Ryman North.

Side welcome Tilbury to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday where Gulfer will be joined in the dugout by new assistant manager Keith Instone.

Gulfer appointed Instone as his number two after a recommendation by former Dagenham & Redbridge captain Anwar Uddin.

Instone will be helping Gulfer plot a way past the Dockers who suffered a first league defeat since September last weekend.

And Gulfer was pleased to bolster his backroom staff as Side look to end a run of 12 league games without a win in their bid to avoid relegation.

“Keith has been been a terrific addition to my backroom staff here and the players have responded brilliantly,” said Gulfer.

“I’m not saying other assistants I’ve had this season have been bad, but Keith has brought a professional approach along.

“It’s a different voice in the changing rooms that the players seem to be responding to and hopefully that’s the spark we need.”

Having been held to a 1-1 draw at Wroxham on Saturday, Side were frustrated on Monday when their game at home to fellow strugglers Waltham Abbey was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

That meant suspensions to both captain Paul Wright and striker Luke With carry over for an extra game, including Saturday’s match against Tilbury.

It also meant Calvin Poku’s second debut for the club was delayed after rejoining on loan from rivals Hornchurch.

Poku was in inspired form for Side last season, but scored five goals past them in the League Cup in August when the Urchins enjoyed a 9-0 romp.

Since then, the striker has found opportunities hard to come by at Bridge Avenue behind George Purcell, David Knight and Leon McKenzie and Gulfer was more than happy to offer him a return.

“Calvin has come back here on loan and I’m thankful to Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane for giving us the chance to have him back,” added Gulfer.

“We’ve been struggling with strikers in recent weeks, but we’ll have a very strong squad available in all areas of the pitch soon.”

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