Friday, 19 October 2018

Manager quits Town for Barnet youth post

HENLEY TOWN FC are looking for a new manager after Gerry McGinty left the club just

HENLEY TOWN FC are looking for a new manager after Gerry McGinty left the club just two months into the season.

McGinty has left to become youth team manager at League Two club Barnet after overseeing just two wins in 15 games as Red Kites boss.

The FA pro licensed coach had been working at the club since April and in July replaced former manager Craig Sumner, who stepped down due to work commitments.

The side are second from bottom in the Hellenic League Premier Division and lost 5-0 at home to leaders Thatcham at the weekend.

But they are through to the second round of the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup after a thrilling penalty shootout triumph over North Leigh following a 3-3 draw on Tuesday.

The Red Kites have lost several players to approaches from other clubs since the start of the season and only four members of last season’s Reading Senior Cup winning side remain at the club.

McGinty’s assistant and former Woodley United manager Jock Mowat will take charge of the side until a permanent replacement is found.

Chairman Kim Chapman said: “Gerry did a reasonable job at the club but I know he was looking for other jobs and he told me when the Barnet job came up that he had gone for it.

“Obviously he got the job and because of that he could no longer give 100 per cent to Henley Town on matchdays and training.

“You need to progress in football and we wish him all the best. You can’t deny people the chance to move forward. If we can send a manager or a player to a Football League club it’s good for Henley, we get our name in the network.”

Chapman says he has already had 12 applications for the role and interviewed two candidates this week.

He said: “The response we’ve had is overwhelming and I’m flabbergasted at how many people have got in touch.

“I still need to interview everyone before we make a decision.”

Anyone interested in applying for the role can contact club chairman Kim Chapman on 07515 892909 or email

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