Exclusive interview with Weston-super-Mare manager Scott Bartlett
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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.
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.