PLAYER-MANAGER Scott Maxfield said he was “surprised and disappointed” by Buxton Football Club’s decision to look for a new boss.
Maxfield, and his assistant Chris Dolby, took charge at the Silverlands following the departure of John Reed and Clive Freeman in mid-November, but have been unable to turn around the club’s fortunes.
With 14 league games remaining, and the Bucks currently in 20th place in the table, five points adrift of safety, the board this week decided to make a last-ditch bid to secure the club’s Evo-Stik Premier Division future by advertising the position of manager/player-manager.
Speaking to the Advertiser this week, Maxfield expressed his surprise and disappointment at the decision, but confirmed he remained a registered player at the club.
He said: “I don’t think ten games is long enough for anybody, especially with a team that isn’t your own. I thought the players that myself and Chris brought in were performing well, but at the end of the day it’s a results-driven business. I still believe I would have kept the club up if they had chosen to go down the route of employing me as full-time manager.
“When I took over we had 13 contracted players, which doesn’t give you a lot of room for manoeuvre, but that was the hand I was dealt and I did my best with the constraints which I have been given.
“I have enjoyed moments of the job, and there have been moments that I haven’t enjoyed. It’s certainly been an experience, and one which will stand me in good stead for the future.
“I’ve missed playing, if I’m being honest. I still feel I have got a lot to give on the field. I’ve always said, when they asked me if I would take over the reins, that I would be a player first and foremost, and if it didn’t work out I would continue to give 100 per cent for Buxton Football Club under the new manager.”
And asked whether he would like to continue coaching at the club, a similar role occupied during Reed’s tenure, Maxfield said: “I would like to think so. I believe I have got a lot to give and a good relationship with the players,” but added that ultimately that decision would rest with the new manager.
Buxton are currently on an unenviable run of just one victory from their last 17 Premier Division matches, and have not won at home in the league in over four months.
During Maxfield’s 13 games in charge, Buxton have taken seven points from ten Evo-Stik Premier Division fixtures, including one win, the 4-3 victory at Whitby in December.
Buxton FC Chairman Tony Tomlinson said Maxfield’s appointment in mid-November had been on an “open-ended arrangement”.
“Maxfield has been in charge since John Reed’s departure, when the club was already occupying one of the relegation places,” Tomlinson said. “After a further ten league matches, the Bucks are still in trouble but, with one-third of the season’s fixtures remaining, there is still time for us to escape.
“In 1996 David Vaughan took over in late March, made two signings and the invigorated team took 17 points from ten games to escape relegation on the last day.
“Maxi and Chris Dolby have acted with commitment, energy and skill in tackling a most difficult inheritance of a full compliment of contract professionals with little room to manoeuvre, and haven’t had much luck particularly with the loss of the two centre-halves in mid-January.”
No announcement has been made over who would take charge of the Bucks for Saturday’s scheduled crunch clash against Ashton United at the Silverlands (kick-off 3pm), although the game looks set to fall victim of the wintry weather.
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