Exclusive interview with Weston-super-Mare manager Scott Bartlett

Scott Bartlett. Picture: Will.T.Photography

Scott Bartlett. Picture: Will.T.Photography - Credit: Archant

Weston-super-Mare manager Scott Bartlett has spoken to the Mercury for the first time since being renamed Seagulls boss.

Bartlett, who led the Seagulls to safety in the 2016/17 campaign after replacing the sacked Ryan Northmore before quitting due to work commitments, addressed a wide range of topics in an in-depth interview with the Mercury's chief reporter Sam Frost.

The 40-year-old returned to BS24 earlier this month, replacing Marc McGregor who was sacked in March after a dismal run of form which saw Weston finish bottom and relegated from the National League South to the Southern League.

Scott Laird scores for Preston against Manchester United at Deepdale. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

Scott Laird scores for Preston against Manchester United at Deepdale. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Bartlett admits the new division will present the Seagulls with a 'different challenge', but with a much-changed squad he predicts new 'heroes' will emerge as his side vies for promotion at the first time of asking.

The former Forest Green Rovers boss made a splash a week ago as the club announced the signing of Scott Laird - a Football League veteran with clubs like Preston North End and Walsall on his CV, and at just 31 years old Bartlett is certain the left-back will be vital on and off the field in the season ahead.


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