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Non-league: Pyatt at centre of Bashley managerial confusion
CONFUSION reigned at crisis-hit Bashley tonight after chairman Mike Cranidge temporarily blocked boss Paul Gazzard’s move to appoint John Pyatt as joint-manager.
Pyatt, 48, resigned from his position as director of football at Brockenhurst over the weekend to join Gazzard’s attempt to arrest the alarming slide at Bashley Road.
But just hours after Gazzard had confirmed the switch to the Daily Echo and Brockenhurst had released an official statement announcing Pyatt’s departure, Cranidge vetoed the move.
Cranidge was understood to have been unhappy as Gazzard had apparently promised the post to Pyatt before the appointment had been discussed by the Bashley committee.
However, adding to the confusion, Cranidge did say that Pyatt would assist Gazzard “with a view” to a joint-manager’s position being offered.
Pyatt politely declined to comment on the chaotic situation but did insist that he was still happy to make the switch across the New Forest as planned. Gazzard also remained tight-lipped following Cranidge’s intervention.
Cranidge, who has headed the committee since Richard Millbery stood down in the summer, said he was “looking forward to being able to confirm an appointment later in the week” and that “no appointment had been made”.
Cranidge added: “Our existing manager Paul Gazzard has indicated he needs some help but the club had not gone out and sought anyone.
“He (Pyatt) has been invited along by our existing manager with the intention of becoming joint-manager, but we could not possibly confirm that until a proposal is presented to the board. It could not possibly work that way.
“We are very grateful for his offer of assistance and look forward tomeeting him. We hope to confirm our position in due course.”
It is understood Pyatt will watch Wednesday’s home clash with Weymouth in the league cup and will start his hands-on role after missing Bashley’s FA Trophy tie at Hungerford on Saturday due to a prior commitment.
The developments came at the end of one of the most turbulent weeks in the club’s history with joint-manager Stewart Kearn having resigned after defeat to Arlesey had left Bash marooned at the foot of the Southern Premier League.
And just days later, Bash revealed they had been forced to cut their playing budget by 50 per cent.
Meanwhile, Gazzard reported that he had yet to lose any members of his squad following the club’s cutbacks.
However, the rookie boss did admit that he was expecting “one or two senior players” to leave once they had found deals elsewhere.
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