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Frew admits turning Romford down was difficult

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 June 2015

Matt Frew stepped down as Barkingside manager to be replaced by Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Matt Frew stepped down as Barkingside manager to be replaced by Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Paul Martin discusses offer for Frew and no hard feelings

Romford manager Paul Martin thanks the fans at the end of the season (pic: TGSPHOTO)Romford manager Paul Martin thanks the fans at the end of the season (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Former Barkingside manager Matt Frew has admitted turning down an offer from Romford was one of the hardest things he has had to do in football.

The 34-year-old recently completed a move to Ryman North outfit Aveley but was also approached by his former club Boro.

After deciding to give playing another ago, the successful Side boss picked a move to Mill Field over linking up with good pal and Romford manager Paul Martin.

Frew conceded it wasn’t an easy decision but a number of reasons swayed his thinking as he returns to playing again after a lengthy spell as a manager.

“I had two Ryman North clubs, one was Romford and that was hard. It was really hard to turn them down. And then you had Ilford, Burnham and Clapton and a few Essex Olympian clubs,” revealed Frew.

“I am not money orientated, it was about playing football at the highest level I possible can and it was just too good an opportunity to turn down. It was hard with Romford because I didn’t know if ‘Magic’ was staying or not.

“Obviously ‘Magic’ decided to stay and by that time I had already decided I would be going to Aveley. On Sunday he texted me letting me know and that planted a seed in my head but when you are offered a little bit of expenses it does make a difference.”

Frew went on to discuss how his new club are looking to challenge for the play-off and that it was an opportunity he couldn’t afford to miss.

He added: “Aveley are looking to push for the play-offs, it was hard because ‘Magic’ is my mate but I have gone with Aveley. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.

“I think I know three or four people so it will be a new environment for me and I just felt it was a challenge I couldn’t turn down.”

Romford’s manager went on to reveal no hard feeling have occurred between himself and Frew.

He did envisage that Frew, who played 24 times for Boro in his previous spell, could go on to manage the club one day.

Martin: “It wasn’t frustrating, I wanted to keep Matt involved in football because I know he wanted to get back into playing. It might have worked out that he could take my role years down the line but at the end of the day money talks.

“I am not upset but it was just an off chance to get him into the club because he has been here before as a player but he could have seen how I work and potentially taken over down the line.”


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