Manager steps down
After three years at the helm, Steve Young has stepped down as Stotfold Manager citing a lack of commitment
by players as the reason behind his decision.
After a poor start last season Stotfold turned their season
around reaching three cup finals and climbing clear of relegation when they looked doomed at xmas.
As Chairman Phil Pateman explained "League results have been much improved this season but team
selection has been severely hampered by last minute unavailability particularly in midweek. This was
bought to a head last week when several players dropped out of a cup tie at Wembley resulting in a
heavy defeat. However, Steve had already indicated he was considering stepping down in a discussion
we had on New Years Eve. Everyone at the club wishes Steve well and we would like to thank him for
his valuable contribution to the club during what is a period of change with the impending move to
Commenting on his decision Steve Young said "I have enjoyed my time at Stotfold and wish them
every success in the future. I feel I have taken the club as far as I can at this time and think the
club might benefit from a fresh approach."
The club have acted swiftly and announced the appointment of ex-Colchester United player and current
Academy Manager Rob Bates as manager until at least the end of the season. Michael Parkin continues
in his coaching role. On the appointment Pateman added "I am delighted Rob has agreed to take
the Managers position. It is important that we retain some stability and he will bring that to the
club with several Academy players already integrated into the squad. I expect him to be able to
attract some much needed experience to the team in the weeks ahead. The most important thing is
that we develop a squad of players totally committed to the club. After a period of stagnation
we are about to enter an exciting period culminating in the move to new premises and we can only
do this successfully if we are all singing from the same hymn sheet."