Director Goldstone looking to use Barkingside role to develop Romford youngsters

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 November 2018

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone (left) with manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone (left) with manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford director of football Alex Goldstone is hoping his new role as manager of Barkingside can be beneficial to both parties.

The Cricklefield club announced a change of management with Michael Walther leaving to take over as joint-manager at Basildon United and Goldstone taking over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

He will remain in his role at Boro and hopes to use it to help push youngsters up to Bostik North level while also handing chances to Romford’s fringe players.

“I’m still at Romford, I’m still director of football, it’s just Magic and Jimmy are quite close outside of football.

“They’ve been friends for a number of years and Barkingside have been training alongside us for the last couple of weeks.

“They’ve had some of our players on loan to them in the last couple of games, which is beneficial to Romford because we have quite a few injuries coming back, we’ve got a lot of youngsters as well.

“They need to be playing, they can’t afford to be sitting on a bench somewhere, at least here at Barkingside we can get them playing and look after them.

“It’s beneficial to both as it gets Barkingside back up to where they should be and it also gets Romford players minutes while they’re not involved in the first-team.”

Goldstone revealed he is also hoping to bring in youngsters at Side and work with the ones already at the club.

“There is a core of players still at Barkingside that we need to have a look at to see if they’re going to be good enough going forward.

“Anyone who we think has got a bit of talent will also be dual registered with Romford because we want the most talented players around our area.

“At Romford they’ve got a nice young squad and we want to replicate that with Barkingside.

“We want to play youngsters and give them an opportunity to make a name for themselves.”

He admits this move will benefit Romford due to not being able to have an under-16s, 18s or 23s side at the club.

“It’s hard for us because we have no under-23s, 18s or even an under-16s team, we don’t have that pool of talent to choose from.

“We’re hoping now we can attract them to Barkingside, then play for us and then I might say you know what Paul, he’s worth having a look at.”

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