Stand-in Romford manager “retires”

Pressure is too much for Preston

Keith Preston has stepped down as stand-in Romford manager after just one game in charge.

Club programme editor and kitman Preston replaced suspended boss Paul Martin in the dugout for the 2-1 Boxing Day win at Grays.

Preston, 60, was nominated for the role for the day by supporter Alan Roe, who won an online auction.

But although he enjoyed his time in the limelight, Preston revealed he is happy to slip back into the shadows at the club.

He said: “When I got the phone call to say I was stand in manager for this game, I thought it was a wind up, but no it was true.

“Luckily Paul Martin was on hand, usually just behind the dug out, and Kurt Smith was there to take over the the shouting at the players (and officials).

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“You certainly get a different perspective of the game from the dug out. And can hear all different sort of advice shouted by the substitutes,

no wonder players can get confused at times.

“I must say I enjoyed the experience but at my age I don’t think I could stand the pressure to do it again.

“I now resign as the most successful manager in Romford history with a 100 per cent winning record.”

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