Gosport Borough appoint ex-Pompey, Barnet, Exeter and Havant & Waterlooville player, Shaun Gale, as the club’s new manager.
He comes after previous manager Lee Molyneaux stepped down last weekend, leaving Boro 8th in the Southern Premier South before the 2019/20 non league season was suspended before it was null and void.
The club statement read added he is highly experienced at non-league level, having spent a large part of his coaching and managerial career at Havant & Waterlooville, where he enjoyed considerable success, both as manager and as assistant to Lee Bradbury.
Gosport Borough FC are delighted to announce that Shaun Gale has been appointed the club’s first-team head coach on a permanent basis. https://t.co/FZt3z55mqV#JoinTheBoroFamily pic.twitter.com/tbfkfeAYXH
— Gosport Borough FC (@GosportBFC) June 9, 2020
Gale said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge here. This is a club massively on the up I think, in part thanks to all the hard work that has been done around the Covid-19 community response project, led by Keith [Slater] and supported by Iain [McInnes].
“On top of that, the new centre of excellence has just been announced and the renewed partnership with the youth section is also great news. It is now my job to get things right on the field with the first team.
“I’ve been involved in football professionally for 34 years and last October, when I left Eastbourne, was the first time I hadn’t been involved in the game, until Lee asked me to help out in January.”
“My experience in the non-league game will stand me in good stead I’m sure. I am certain I am a better manager than I was in my earlier roles as I have learned from my experiences since then.
“I am really pleased to have this opportunity. There are some really good people here, who I am looking forward to working with and I am sure the people of Gosport are going to get behind us.”
Gale is still finalising his back-room staff and there will be further announcements on that in due course.
Boro’ Chairman Iain McInnes said: “I am really pleased we have been able to appoint someone of the calibre of Shaun at this important juncture in the club’s history.
“He is well-respected in the non-league game and his coaching and managerial record goes before him. He understands what we are trying to create here at Gosport and very much buys into the idea of us being a club rooted in the community.
“In his short time at the club last season under Lee, he showed his qualities and the impact on results and performances after he arrived was there for all to see.
“Our aim as a club is to eventually compete at National League South level and in Shaun we have the right person to build a team and, more importantly, a club to do that.”
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Fans gave their reaction after Gosport appoint the ex-Pompey, Barnet, Exeter and Havant player as manager…
Quality Appointment. Well done @GosportBFC .
— Steve Rutter (@steveruttergolf) June 9, 2020
Good luck mate 👍🏻
— Daniel Nash (@danielnash91) June 9, 2020
What a shite appointment lmao
— Michael (@Michael1898_) June 9, 2020
Best of luck Galey! #UpTheBoro
— Jess #EFTA4UK (@malmo_58) June 9, 2020
Awful appointment 😂😂😂
— Sam 🏴 (@SamPFC03) June 9, 2020
Good decision in my eyes!
— Ryan Dobson (@Dobbie16) June 9, 2020
— jezzaf (@jezzaf3) June 9, 2020
Great news, best of luck to @GosportBFC and Shaun.
— Petersfield Town FC (@PTFCTheRams) June 9, 2020
Plenty of non complimentary things to say about the club unfortunately in recent history !
Hopefully a new slate for everyone 💛💙 #oneclub
— Webby79⚽️💙💛 (@CwebbCf) June 9, 2020
Most leopards never change there’s spots, but it’s funny how the good old English pound changes sight of things 🤔
— Rich Archer (@RichArcher1) June 10, 2020
Give it 3 months and it will be all change again, club had a ideal opportunity to go local and start to rebuild with a up and coming squad based around local lads that want to play for the badge – maybe wrong but tome will tell…….
— Danny Thompson (@DannyThompson4) June 10, 2020