Browne stays as Scholars boss

PUBLISHED: 17:53 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

Potters Bar Town chairman Peter Waller and manager Steve Browne

Potters Bar Town chairman Peter Waller and manager Steve Browne

POTTERS Bar Town have confirmed that manager Steve Browne will continue as first team boss next season. Following a difficult first term in charge of the Scholars, the former Charlton Athletic player has kept the Parkfield club in the Ryman League Divisio

POTTERS Bar Town have confirmed that manager Steve Browne will continue as first team boss next season.

Following a difficult first term in charge of the Scholars, the former Charlton Athletic player has kept the Parkfield club in the Ryman League Division One North.

Chairman Peter Waller has revealed why he felt it necessary to announce that Browne is staying put at Parkfield.

"There has been some doubts going around. I spoke to Steve about it to get it clarified," said Waller.

"I wasn't concerned but we wanted to get it out in black and white that Steve was staying."

Browne joined the club at the start of this season after the departure of the previous Bar management team of Andy Leese and Jon Meakes.

The duo left the club to join Southern League Division One outfit Chesham United.

Not one player remained at the club when Leese and Meakes departed.

So when Browne took charge he had the tough task of building an entire squad from scratch.

After a season of players coming and going at the club, it now seems Browne has a much more settled first XI.

The Town chairman was keen to keep matters at the club stable.

"We did not want to change managers after a year, we've got through a difficult season, we'll make some improvements and look to the future," said Waller.

Since Bar were promoted to step four in the 2004/05 season no manager has stayed two seasons at the club.

Browne has had success in bringing some excellent young players to Parkfield.

One, Nathan Smith, was snapped up by League One side Yeovil Town and has forced his way into the Glovers' first team.

Others have also been on trials at other league clubs.

Waller believes the young squad possess the quality to develop and be a force in the division next season.

"Though we have had a difficult season, we have made progress with a young squad.

"Everyone can now work towards improving the squad and the structure of the club.

"I do feel that we are a better side and a bit better balanced now, but we do need to stop making silly mistakes.

"The players are all young and have now all had some more experience at this level and they will know what to expect next year."

Potters Bar's final game of the season is on Saturday.

They make the trip to Suffolk to take on play-offs certainties AFC Sudbury.

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