It’s almost 20-years to the day that Gordon Bartlett took a Wealdstone team to Cove to dish out a managerial rarity, a 9-1 hammering. Last night Gordon, or GB as he’s affectionately referred, put pen to paper on a new two-year deal. Here @StonesGoals looks back at the stats…
“X is a long time in football…” the cliche so often repeated when reminiscing of the misdemeanours of x number of days/years earlier.
Ten months ago Gordon Bartlett strode into the boardroom facing his toughest meet the manager to date. After overseeing the worst ever start to a campaign under his stewardship, the noise for change was beginning to grow; Wealdstone had recorded just one win from the opening ten outings on their return to Conference level and some were suggesting it could be the beginning of the end for the management team.
Whilst the knives were out that night, Bartlett was nonchalant enough to proclaim: “We will stay up.”
The patience of the board, who continued to back Bartlett through the adversity, was rewarded – with interest. And Bartlett’s proud proclamation just months earlier was achieved convincingly.
Perhaps it is with little surprise that the board has rewarded one of non-league’s longest serving citizens with a new two-year deal.