Buxton FC's new manager Scott Maxfield
Buxton FC's new manager Scott Maxfield

THE NEW man in charge of Buxton FC has said he is confident he can turn around the struggling club’s fortunes.

Scott Maxfield, who has been with the club since 2007, took charge of Buxton last Wednesday morning after the departure of John Reed and Clive Freeman on Tuesday night.

And he had just a few days to settle in to his new role before the Bucks faced a tough game against fellow strugglers Chasetown who are also fighting for Evo-Stik Premier League survival.

But Maxfield, who has recruited former Sheffield FC manager Chris Dolby as his assistant, has taken the job on with great enthusiasm.

Maxfield said: “I’m nervous but excited in equal measures. I want to do well for the club, the supporters and the board. The people of Buxton deserve a winning team that has a strong work ethic and tries to play football the right way.

“John and Clive have assembled what I think is a good bunch of players and with a few additions in the right places I’d like to think we can get the club back up the league.”

And when asked if he believes he can turn things around for the struggling Bucks, Maxfield said: “I wouldn’t do the job if I didn’t think I could do that. My expectations possibly exceed other people’s but for now I just want to win games.

“I want to raise confidence and bring the club together. I feel that over the past few weeks it’s been split into the supporters, the players, the management and the board. I just want to bring everyone together so we are all singing from the same hymn sheet.

“I know the players here, their strengths and weaknesses and that has helped me but I may also be too close and be blinkered to one or two things so Chris (Dolby) has come in and given me a fresh outlook.”

Saturday’s clean sheet was only the third of the season in the Evo-Stik Premier League for Buxton and Maxfield had mixed feelings about the result.

“I think we defended manfully and we played the game on the floor,” he said. “But I think we lacked quality in the final third and that’s not just the strikers.

“Hopefully it gives us something to build on.”

Assistant Manager Chris Dolby comes with a wealth of experience, both as a player and a manager. Before joining Sheffield FC in 2006, first as a player and then manager, he had played for clubs including Rotherham United, Bradford City, Alfreton Town and Belper Town. He left Sheffield last February.

He added: “It is a great opportunity for me to work with Maxi. He’s a big character here. The fans get on with him and you can see the players and fans respect him. That is a great platform to build on.”