Winslow United have moved quickly to replace Paul Alleyne who left the club at the end of the season and have appointed George Tomlin as their new manager.
George has been the manager of Sunday League side Aylesbury Flooring for the past two seasons, and ended this campaign winning all five competitions that the club entered, the league title wrapped up last weekend completed a truly remarkable season where four cups were lifted beforehand including the infamous FA Sunday Cup success at the end of April which they won at League One Peterborough United by beating Birstall Stamford with three goals in the final thirteen minutes of the game.
Winslow chairman Andy Setterfield said:
After losing Paul and Roni after another successful season, we wanted to appoint someone we felt would be able to build on the success of the last two seasons. We had a lot of interest in the position, but George was the outstanding candidate.
George has had an impressive start to his managerial career having been in charge of the all-conquering Aylesbury Flooring FC, picking up the FA Sunday Cup along the way. George will be joined on his management team by Julian Robinson who has plenty of experience of the SSMFL and I look forward to working with them both.
I would also again like to place on record mine and the club’s thanks to Paul Alleyne and Roni Joe for their commitment over the last two seasons
Sports Shots caught up with George today to ask his first thoughts on landing the job:
I am very pleased to get the job & excited to get started, it’s going to be a good test. I’m looking forward to working with Andy and the rest of the team, Julian and the players
George obviously knows the previous management team, has there been much communication about the job?
Yes I know them both and of course Garbs (Steve Garbutt), unfortunately I haven’t been able to speak with either Paul or Roni properly yet. I have had phone calls with Steve and other coaches and they have been helpful and given plenty of advice and encouragement
What has the new managers career in football been so far:
I was at Oxford United from the age of nine up to the youth team, on being released I signed for Chesham United reserves then moved to Aylesbury FC. After a couple of seasons I moved to Tring Athletic first team and played under Julian when he was in charge, I also played a season for the reserves before signing for Aylesbury United. I recently stopped playing whilst I was at Tring Corinthians
What does the summer hold now?
It will be nice to have a little break from the football, but myself and Julian will be meeting up and speaking with Andy discussing plans for the season. We will be speaking with old and hopefully new players over the coming weeks up until the first preseason session. Also making sure the pre-season games are all booked in
We asked George what experience he has of the SSMFL and what made him apply for the position?
I was player / assistant manager at Tring Corries a couple seasons back with a very young team, the last time previous to that was playing with Tring Athletic in the Premier Division. With Flooring finishing I wanted to still be involved with coaching, I obviously know some of the players down there already from Aylesbury Flooring and I’ve heard from them and others that it is a very good club and after speaking with Andy and a few other members you can see that Winslow is a club with an ambition to progress
What are the targets for next season?
Of course it’s my first season at this standard and Paul and Roni done a fantastic job here, it would a great achievement if we can come close to what they achieved and of course it would be incredible to go one further. Having Julian as an assistant will be a great help. With his knowledge and experience of the SSMFL and higher, I know we can both help to progress Winslow to the next level
In terms of the squad does George expect to retain the players and add to it?
I’d like to think we can retain the majority if not most. We will be both looking to get players in and build on the squad there to try and achieve getting the club into the prem
Having had so much success in Sunday football this season, how will it differ going to step six Saturday football?
Obviously there is a difference in standard for the majority of the time, my team was built on team spirit and togetherness, however they all play at a good standard on a Saturday which helped. We were successful as a team against good Sunday sides which had good quality Saturday players playing for them. With the FA Cup run and victory, it’s felt like I’ve been running a Saturday side but we’ve just been playing on a Sunday. Some of the boys already play for Winslow, it would be nice to get a couple more, but if they can produce half the effort and quality that they have on a Sunday to a Saturday, we will do very well!
Finally, what message does the new gaffer have to the people of Winslow?
I’m looking forward to working with them and meeting them all. It’s going to be a fun, exciting and hopefully successful season