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PORTLAND: Blues chairman Robin Satherley backs boss
PORTLAND United chairman Robin Satherley feels the Blues are in “very safe hands” as they bid to retain the Dorset Premier League title this season.
The Grove Corner club was rocked during the summer when Chris Wilson, who led them to the championship last term, announced he was stepping down because of work commitments.
But in Gary Bailey, Satherley has a successor he reckons is perfect for the job. And with two wins from two already, things seem to be going to plan for another successful campaign on the island.
“I’m really pleased with Gary,” said Satherley, who is also the club’s secretary. “What I like is that he has great attention to detail and takes a lot of the pressure off me, particularly when we play away games. He has got superb back up from Derek McKay and the team is in very safe hands.
“We’re not quite as strong on the pitch as last season but we have brought in Lewis Clarke and some ex-players like Ben Doidge and Simon Crouch.
“Most people expect Portland United to be in the top three and I’d be disappointed if we aren’t and we do have the facilities, coaching staff and players to pull it off again.
“I would be delighted if we could retain the Dorset Premier League but I realise that is very difficult as every match is like a cup tie.”
In the past, the Blues have ventured into the Wessex League and Western League and moving up a level is something that the chairman gets asked about frequently.
For Satherley, it is all about the long-term future of the club.
“At the moment, going into a higher league is not a financial possibility for us,” he added. “I have been asked that by several people but right now we are not in a position to go into the Wessex League.
“However, we are consistently reviewing our position and ruling nothing in or out.
“It wouldn’t be just the financial considerations we would have to think about. We have got problems with our floodlights and we do need more people helping around the club.
“To run a football club you need a lot of people on the ground and we are always looking for more help.
“We’ve got to make sure the club is here next season and the season after and so on.
“The club surviving is the most important thing for me, whatever league we are in.”
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