NEW FC Stratford boss Dave Poulson will have no hesitation in calling on predecessor Nick Ballinger’s help during the new season.
Poulson, who had been FC boss until stepping down for work reasons last summer, is back at the Midland League Division Two club after Ballinger resigned due to personal reasons.
Ballinger had successfully integrated many of Stratford Town’s title-winning under 18s to keep them in the league in their debut season at this level and they also reached the final of the Presidents Cup.
Poulson hopes his predecessor will continue to play some role.
“Firstly, I would like to congratulate Nick on a great season,” he told the club website.
“To bring a group of very young players into Division Two, most of whom had no experience of adult football, and retain their place in the division as well as reaching a cup final is an outstanding achievement.
“Hopefully Nick will be back involved in some capacity very soon and I will certainly be speaking to him throughout the season.
“With regards to next season, we will be looking to carry on the good work with these lads whilst no doubt adding some experience which I’m sure will only improve them as players.
“Lastly, I would like to thank the club for asking me to manage again. After a year out due to work commitments, I am looking forward to getting going.”
FC Stratford have confirmed four of the five friendlies they will be playing in pre-season.
They begin with a trip to Warwick side Central Ajax on July 9 (7pm), before heading to Inkberrow on July 13 (1pm).
They visit Malvern side Welland Junior on July 16 (7pm) and then meet hosts Shipston Excelsior on July 27 (2.30pm). They also hope to arrange another fixture on July 20.
Pre-season training begins at the Arden Garages Stadium on Tuesday, June 25.