Football
Shearsby back at Saints

09/05 Updated: 09/05 18:18

BARRY SHEARSBY is set to return to Southam United next season as assistant to manager Luke Fogarty,

In his previous spell as manager, Shearsby lifted the Birmingham County Midweek Floodlit Cup in 2009 with a 3-1 win over Darlaston Town, Saints first silverware in 11 years. He added two top three Midland Combination finishes in what was one of the best periods in the club’s recent history.

Shearsby left at the end of the 2009/10 season to take a break from football, but was soon back as manager of Coventry Alliance side Stockton, a role that lasted less than a year.

Shearsby, who still plays for Leamington FC veterans, said:“I wanted to get back into football and was open to offers but, despite the speculation, have had no contact with other clubs.”

“When Luke phoned me, it was a no-brainer. My heart is at Southam and everything is in place to build on a successful season. Hopefully, I can add a little more and help them over the line next time.”

It was Shearsby who brought in Fogarty from Massey Ferguson to be his assistant and now the roles will be reversed.

Fogarty was delighted to land his new number two, who brings a wealth of experience in the local non-league scene.

“I approached Barry and invited him to re-join us and be part of what we believe is a bright future at Southam” said Fogarty.

“At our level, it’s not about who is number one or number two, but having the right pool of people with the right skills who can make things happen.

“He is a good motivator and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the job.”

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