No talks yet at Padiham FC

Steve Wilkes and Steve Pickup.
Steve Wilkes and Steve Pickup.

Alan Smith has outlined that discussions relating to Padiham Football Club’s immediate future won’t take place until later in the month.

The Football Association is set to meet on May 14th to discuss the structural make-up of the lower leagues, meaning plans to build towards next season at the Arbories won’t be approached until that date has expired.

While Smith revealed that manager Steve Wilkes and Steve Pickup would be part of those discussions, the club stalwart emphasised that talks wouldn’t just be centred on those positions.

“We’ve got to think things through,” he said. “Everything is now geared towards how we go about organising ourselves as a football club to compete in the North West Counties. It’s going to be a difficult season ahead with the expectations on us.

“It won’t just be a talk about the managerial position. It’s a discussion about football. The finances of the club is crucial, that’s what it’s all about.

“It’s all about the money and running the club within the financial constraints that we’ve got. It’s about winning off the pitch as well and earning the right to make progress again.”

Meanwhile, the Storks are seeking a new youth team manager after Paul Gray parted company with the club.

The under 18s, which provided the foundations for youngster Joshua Emmott to climb to the first team, where he made his senior debut in a 4-0 win over Prescot Cables at the weekend, compete in the Lancashire FA Floodlit League.

Anybody interested in applying for the position can contact Alan on 07775 717698.