Paulton Rovers confirm that it has been decided, by mutual consent, that Paul Thorpe is to step down from his role as assistant manager. Manager, Nick Bunyard said "Paul’s work circumstances changed dramatically in the summer and it was becoming increasingly difficult for him to get from his new job in Weymouth to training and midweek games. I was asking a great deal from him in terms of time and travelling and he has a wife and young family on top of a very time consuming job. It's something we've been trying to work around for some time but I felt in the medium to long term the logistics were going to be too difficult for him to commit the time I needed. He has been incredibly helpful during his time at the club and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all the time and effort he has put in. Paul will continue to help with scouting and player identification in and around the Yeovil and Taunton area". The club would also like to put on record it’s thanks to Paul for all the hard work and travelling he has put in over the last few months.
Nick has moved quickly to find a replacement, which sees the return to Winterfield Road of an old favourite, Paul Milsom. Nick said “I've stayed in touch with Milse throughout the summer and obviously he is very familiar with most of our squad from last year so can hit the ground running. Milse is very well networked in the non league scene and can help take some of the work load off my shoulders in terms of player recruitment and watching mid week games as well as being able to regularly attend training.” Paul will be at training tonight and will accompany the team to Hungerford on Saturday.
Nick also said ” We are working hard off the pitch to try and improve the structure of the football side of the club and bringing Milse back is part of the long term plans we are trying to put in place. I have also brought Steve Perrin in to help Kyle Phillips on the goalkeeping side of things and he will be in charge of Kyle’s training programme. Steve helped Kyle at the start of his football career and is well placed to assist him in the areas he needs to improve. Steve's son plays football on Saturdays (also a goal keeper) so he will mainly assist in training and midweek games. I also hope to announce a possible further addition to the backroom staff in the coming weeks which will again hold us in good stead for the future."