Gaskin steps down as Golds boss

George Gaskin (right) has stepped down as Golds player-boss

George Gaskin (right) has stepped down as Golds player-boss

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Littlehampton Football Club player-boss George Gaskin has resigned from his role after one season in charge.

Gaskin took charge of Golds following Mark Bennett’s departure at the end of the last campaign and led his side to an 11th-placed finish in the Southern Combination League Premier Division as their title defence faltered.

For Gaskin, it was his first role in management and one that he found tougher than he expected.

He said: “I think my decision will be best for the club. This was my first role in management and I found it really tricky at times.

“We are a group of close friends at the club and maybe we were a little settled in our ways at times over the course of the campaign.

“I feel this is the right time to go as it gives the club a chance to find a new manager before pre-season begins.

“I found last year that the new campaign comes around really quick and it’s tough if you don’t have a full pre-season as manager. I’ve resigned now to give them time to get a replacement in”

Gaskin, who has been spent time with Littlehampton on and off for the past ten seasons, admits he is still unsure of his next step.

For the time being, he wants to focus on his playing career but is unsure whether that lies with Littlehampton.

He said: “It’s still too early to say whether I will be back playing with Littlehampton next season.

“It’s a club that I care about and my home town team. Obviously, we are a really close group and this could well split the group up.

“But I had doubts and felt it wrong if I continued. I’m just waiting to see what my next step will be now.”

Gold chairman Rob McAlees said: “I was gutted when George said he didn’t want to continue in his role.

“I thought he conducted himself really well in his time and for a 24-year-old is experienced well beyond his years.

“It’s a case of taking a couple of weeks out now, then reviewing the situation.

“I always like to keep a group of Littlehampton-based players together and that’s what we’ll look to do next season.

“If possible, we’ll get a new boss with Littlehampton experience and one that is a little more experienced.”

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