SEAGULLS chairman Dave Titchiner has confirmed Alan Morgan will continue as manager and is backing the current management team of Alan, Craig Hogg and Neil Coverley, to bring success next season.
“I am disappointed we didn’t make the play-offs this season because I really thought we had every chance of doing that, but in the end I think too many games and too many injuries to key players over the last couple of weeks proved too big a hurdle,” reflected the chairman, who is pictured with Alan Morgan and assistant manager Craig Hogg.
“You also need a bit of luck to go your way and we didn’t get too much of that with events at the Trafford and South Shields games and the key injury to Astley Mulholland. I think we also paid the price for Danny Bartle missing a lot of games through injury.
“But I am more than pleased with the way the management team have transformed the team, with very few changes, since coming in and I believe they are the right people to get us out of this division.
“They now have a summer and full season to make the improvements needed to not only give us a better chance of automatic promotion next year but also to have a squad strong enough to compete successfully in the higher division if we do go up.”
The chairman added: “A lot of the players I’ve spoken to have said they want to stay which is encouraging and the manager will be talking to them all over the coming couple of weeks. Some may inevitably be tempted away, but at the moment it looks as though the nucleus of the current squad will remain and give us a solid base to build on and progress.
“I’d like to thank all the supporters who have stuck with us and all the volunteers who give up their time to help keep the club running. I believe the prospects are good for next season in the new Evostik West and I hope the town get behind us for what I hope will be an exciting 2018/19 campaign.”
Craig Hogg, incidentally, has been accepted for a residential course for a UEFA A coaching licence in Cardiff at the end of May and we wish him well.