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Search for new coach steps up

21st February 2020    News

As Oxford City Stars steps up its search for a new coach the directors have thanked supporters for backing the club.

Writing in their programme notes for Sunday’s home game against Slough Jets directors Greig Box Turnbull and Jo Mundy commented on the resignation of Simon Anderson, their search for his replacement and spoke of the spirit within the club.

They wrote:

“You will have all read the news in the week that Simon Anderson stepped down from his role as head coach on Monday. Simon ultimately took responsibility for our recent poor run of results. It was disappointing, but we respected his decision. We have thanked Simon for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future. We appreciate it has been a challenging season as we adapt to life at a higher level. But we believe we have not been far off in a season that has been blighted by injuries. There have been some great highlights and there are many positives.

Often it is in times of adversity that one really gets a sense of the strength of an organisation and the people within it. The reaction this week at the Stars has been first class. While there has been an initial sense of disappointment we have quickly pulled together to focus on the future. This is a fantastic club and we have much to be thankful for and to look forward to. From the players, to the back-room team, sponsors and supporters everyone cares for the club and makes a difference. It is this togetherness and strong mentality that will get us through this short-term challenge.

In the short term we are working hard to make sure we have adequate coaching support to complete the season. Looking further ahead we are seeking a new head coach that buys into our vision for the club and our culture. It is a great opportunity for the right person.

Lastly thank you to you the supporters. You have been fantastic this season, backing the team in every match and sticking with them. Oxpens is a tough place for visiting teams – and a major part of that is the atmosphere you create. The support on the road has been superb this season as well. You make a massive difference. Whatever happens we win together, and we lose together as one club.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game are available in advance here.

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