Scott Bartlett leaves Weston-super-Mare after 7 months in charge with a ‘heavy heart’
PUBLISHED: 06:53 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 06:53 14 June 2017
Weston-super-Mare Football Club has announced head coach Scott Bartlett has left the club, just seven months after he was appointed.
Scott Bartlett took over from departing head coach Ryan Northmore and spearheaded a remarkable run of form, which saw them escape relegation from the National League South with a game to spare.
But the 38-year-old has said his accompanying role as academy manager at League Two side Forest Green Rovers, means he cannot show the committment required to the club.
He said: “‘It is with a heavy heart that I have to make the decision to leave Weston-super-Mare AFC after a brilliant and enjoyable year last season.
“I am incredibly proud to have managed a wonderful club with an excellent and supportive board and although it feels like I am leaving too early, together we have achieved so much.
“The fact is, that to continue to take Weston forward as I would like I would have to give up my day job. My role as Academy Manager at Forest Green Rovers, now in the Football League, has changed considerably meaning it isn’t possible to do both roles to the best of my ability and that is something I am not comfortable with.
“My decision to step aside has not been easy. I am leaving behind an incredibly talented squad and a fantastic group of men with lots of potential. One thing I demanded from them was a hundred per cent unreserved commitment to the cause and they gave us that in abundance - unfortunately I can’t guarantee the same.
“I leave with some regret because I think we could have coached this group into play-off contenders within two years, but I leave the club in a good place.”
*More to follow – The Mercury will have an exclusive interview with Bartlett later today (Wednesday),