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Non-league: No dugout dilemma for former Cherries star Bailey
CHERRIES’ Wembley scorer John Bailey admitted his shock at being asked to take charge of Bashley, but insisted his stint in the dugout was for one night only.
The former Dean Court favourite, 44, surprisingly found himself in charge of Bash’s 3-1 victory over New Milton Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup on Tuesday.
Bailey, who has helped out with coaching at Bash in recent weeks, was thrust into the limelight following the resignation of joint-boss Stewart Kearn on Saturday and the unavailability of now sole manager Paul Gazzard.
But despite taking pride in Bash’s professional performance, the man who fired home Cherries’ only goal under the Twin Towers seems set to end his managerial career with a 100 per cent record after he played down the prospect of a more permanent role with the New Forest club.
Bailey told the Daily Echo: “All things considered, I thought the lads responded pretty well to what has happened over the past few days.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it, but then everybody does when you win. It felt good but I have to put my youth coaching and family first.
“I can’t fully commit to senior football on Tuesdays and Saturdays but I am happy to help out and step in when required.
“But longer term, they need someone to come in and be hands-on, and while you can never say never, it is pretty unlikely that I will be able to take that role on.”
The stand-in gaffer added he would discuss the club’s future with Gazzard and that he expected the managerial situation to be clarified over the next week.
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