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Ryman North: Romford boss Paul Martin keen to stay, but only if new stadium progresses

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 April 2016

Romford boss Paul Martin gestures on the touchline (pic; George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford boss Paul Martin gestures on the touchline (pic; George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro boss happy to remain in charge as long as own ground looks likely

The curtain has fallen on another successful season for Romford, but questions still remain over whether boss Paul Martin will be in charge for the new campaign.

Martin has weaved his magic once more, guiding Boro to a 16th-placed finish and booking an eighth straight season in the Ryman North.

But with any development of a new stadium for the club stalling, Martin admits he still has one or two doubts over whether he will remain in charge.

“It’s too early to decide where I will stay on yet, but I will be having talks with the staff and the chairman shortly,” said Martin.

“We’ll discuss the plans and also the progress on the new ground, which could persuade me either way.

“I’m Romford through and through and if I stay here, it’ll be my 15th year with the club and I’m as desperate as anyone for us to move to a new ground.

“Until we get it, we can’t have a budget and without that, we can’t push for promotion. But if we do get it, I don’t want someone else to make the most of it!”

Romford ended the season with a 0-0 draw at home to Wroxham, with the result condemning the visitors to relegation.

Michael Gooch was the star for Boro, stopping a penalty for the fifth time this season on his way to an 11th clean sheet.

The keeper has not been the only man to star at the back, with Matt Frew providing leadership from the centre of defence after returning to Romford.

And Martin is pleased with the impact the former Barkingside manager had made in his first season back at the club.

“I gave Matt his chance with Romford in the reserve team all those years ago, so I knew the talent I was bringing in,” he added.

“There was a strong battle early doors with the likes of Nathan Cooper, before he moved to Hornchurch and before Sam Burton got injured.

“Matt’s played well to keep his shirt, though, and he’s had to compete recently with James Ismail and Tom Potter.

“It’s very pleasing to have been able to work with him in what’s been a good season. We had a few laughs, a few disappointments, but that’s football.”


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