Potters Bar Town chairman disappointed with manager’s resignation

PUBLISHED: 13:57 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:22 12 March 2015

Potters Bar Town chairman Mark Martyn

Potters Bar Town chairman Mark Martyn


Potters Bar Town chairman Mark Martyn has spoken of his disappointment following the resignation of player-manager Jack Friend.

Jack FriendJack Friend

Friend handed in his notice following Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Aylesbury United; the Scholars’ 15th loss in 18 Southern League Division One Central games.

Martyn said: “Jack is a talented young coach with a bright future, but he felt that the time was right for him to go.

“We are disappointed that he has stood down but fully understand his decision.

“Results have not gone for us after a promising start to the season.

“Injuries and absence of important players at key points in the season, coupled with some cruel luck, have combined to leave us in a worse position than we would have expected.

“This and the fact that Jack has recently taken on more responsibility in his work outside the club have led him to call it a day.

“We are extremely disappointed for Jack but happy to announce that Steve Ringrose has agreed to take over until the end of the season when we can sit down and reappraise the situation with all concerned.

“On behalf of all at the club and our supporters, we would like to thank Jack for his efforts and wish him well in any future ventures, including, hopefully, remaining as a Potters Bar player.

“Steve Ringrose is an experienced manager who knows the league and the current crop of players.

“We can think of no-one better to take over the reigns given the situation.

“He will be assisted by coach Leigh Wooldridge and goalkeeper coach John Albon.”

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