Golby believes new Barking joint-manager Gardner will be positive addition for club

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 June 2017

Former Aveley manager Justin Gardner is now joint-boss at Barking (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Former Aveley manager Justin Gardner is now joint-boss at Barking (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking joint-manager Glen Golby is confident new co-boss Justin Gardner will prove a valuable asset to the Blues in the Isthmian North next term.

On Saturday afternoon, Barking confirmed that former Aveley manager Gardner had left his role with Isthmian Premier club Billericay Town to join the staff at Mayesbrook Park. It is a move that means Steve Willis can focus on playing, and Golby believes the trio will work well together.

“Steve and I spoke at the end of last season about getting someone in and we enquired about Justin’s availability,” he said.

“Justin is now on board and he has been busy on the phone getting players into the club with Isthmian League experience.

“I played under him at Aveley and Tower Hamlets and Justin is a very passionate manager who wants to win, but once the game is over he’s as good as gold.

“Steve will be involved in the signings and will help pick the matchday XI, but then it’s down to me and Justin in the dugout.”

Gardner will not be coaching James Peagram and Joe Pearman next term after they moved to Ilford and Cheshunt respectively. And Golby is aware that Barking will have to find replacements for the duo before the start of the season.

“It’s always hard to get a goalscorer and James got 35 for us last season, but we have to be realistic in that it will be harder in the Isthmian North and he might have only got 15-20,” he added.

“With Joe, he created lots of chances for us and was good at set-pieces, so hopefully we can find someone who can replace him.”

The Blues have been working hard and have already signed Abs Seymour from Hornchurch, Kwasi Marfo from Romford and Brian Okwera from Aveley, among others.

And Golby believes all three are quality additions, with more expected in the coming weeks.

“Abs is a great signing and we spoke to him before about joining us when we were in the Essex Senior League, but he wanted to remain in the Isthmian Leagues.

“I don’t know too much about Kwasi myself, but Justin speaks highly of him and he has experience of the league.

“As for Brian, I played with him at Aveley and he is a big, powerful player who is good on the ball and can cover several positions.”

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