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'The position of Altrincham manager beyond this season was discussed by the board of directors at their monthly meeting, held earlier this week. The matter was given careful thought and consideration, and it was noted there has been an upturn in performances and, more recently, results since Matt Doughty and Robbie Lawton took charge in December.
Compared to the first half of the season, there have been welcome signs of greater organisation, spirit and endeavour on the pitch. However, it was felt by the board that this in itself did not justify the automatic re-appointment of Matt and Robbie for next season and that, to give us the optimum opportunity of recruiting the best possible candidate to take the club forward, the position should be advertised.
We will, therefore, be seeking external candidates to apply for the job, and we hope to draw up a shortlist from those who apply in time for interviews to be held early next month. That shortlist will include the current incumbents. Further details of this process will be released, once they have been finalised".
Newby is due back at Barrow next Friday after scoring four goals in his last six Altrincham appearances and impressing with his pace and direct approach in a three-month stay.
But, after being encouraged by his response in talks over his future, Doughty is seeking permission from Barrow boss Paul Cox to make the livewire winger a fully-fledged Alty player.
'I'll hopefully find out one way or the other in the next 24 hours, but I want to keep Elliot 100 per cent, and I'm doing everything I can to make it happen,' said the Alty manager. 'I have already spoken to Elliot about it, and he won't take any persuading. He has loved it here. I've given him the freedom to do what he wants in the final third, and he has been scoring goals and playing well.
'It won't be a further loan, if I have my way. We'll take his contract over, and he will become an Altrincham player but I need their manager to pick up his phone first! He's been blanking me, not picking up or answering my texts but I will get through to him, because I need to know what his plans are for Elliot.
'If he's not going to play him, I hope he'll let us keep him, because he has been a positive influence from day one and would be a real asset for us.'
Alty's injury problems continued to mount in Tuesday night's 3-1 home defeat to Nuneaton Town, with Sam Heathcote stretchered off, though keeper Stuart Tomlinson (groin) and striker Micah Evans (tonsillitis) should be available again at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.
'Sam took a whack on the leg and can't feel his calf,' said Doughty. 'As things stand, he doesn't seem to have much chance for Saturday. That's not how we've been the last seven or eight games, the way we defended tonight, but it's a blip we'll get over.'"
"In welcoming Nuneaton Town to The J.Davidson Stadium for tonight's Vanarama National League North fixture, I would like to send a message to the 29 supporters who left the ground after 15 minutes against Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday in protest against my chairmanship of this football club.
Firstly, I would like to reiterate, as stated last week, that I fully respect your right to take this course of action, but more importantly I want to take a positive step towards restoring harmony between us and ending the discord that so clearly exists.
Let me make it clear I fully intend continuing as chairman, with the full support of my fellow-directors, but let me also stress I want to do something about this sense of disenchantment that has taken root. I know grievances have been aired in various guises, but I want to hear them in person to see if we can find some common ground, settle any differences and move forward in unison.
As a supporter of this club, first and foremost, that is my dearest wish, so I am issuing an invitation here and now to members of the protest group to sit round a table with myself and perhaps some other board members, so we can listen to the issues you have, discuss them openly and honestly and do our utmost to resolve them.
Conflict can never be good for any business, football clubs included, and the last thing I want, as a fellow-Altrincham supporter, is for it to continue here any longer. Let's get together and sort things out. Someone get in touch, and we'll arrange it.
As a board, we are working extremely hard to turn around the predicament that we have found ourselves in, and there are signs at last that a recovery may finally be starting to take shape, given the way the players have responded to the promptings of Matt and Robbie in recent weeks.
Mistakes have been made - I'll hold my hands up to that and apologise for them - but the most important thing is to look to the future, and, with this in mind, we need the backing of every supporter if we are to attain our aims. I implore the disenchanted fans to put aside their grievances, continue to support the team which you do so fantastically well and let us achieve harmony throughout the club - it'll be a lot better place for everyone concerned. With that in mind, I look forward to hearing from you".
Timings and fares for TASC supporters' travel to Bradford trip are on the Away Travel page. Please book by ringing the club on (0161) 928-1045 during normal office hours.Telegraph & Argus tells us that "Bradford Park Avenue’s National League North survival bid was stalled in midweek following the late call off of their clash with promotion-chasing Darlington 1883 due to a waterlogged pitch.
Now Mark Bower’s men face a totally different test as they host bottom team Altrincham. Avenue had endured three league defeats on the spin before last weekend’s 3-1 away win at fellow strugglers AFC Telford United, where Wayne Brooksby netted a hat-trick.
Saturday’s match kicks off a run of important games which sees them tackling Alfreton Town and FC United of Manchester, two teams who are both within reach in the table... Following last Saturday’s return to winning ways... Avenue boss Bower said... 'It’s vital for the club to stay in the National League set up and then look towards next season'.
Bower has transformed Avenue’s prospects of achieving that short term goal since his arrival and his side have double the points total of their visitors who have played one game more at this stage. Altrincham are 13 points below the current safety line but have beaten both Boston United and Worcester City, clubs either side of Avenue in the table, in their last six games.
The visitors have two former Avenue men in their ranks, keeper Tim Deasy and striker Damian Reeves".Vanarama National League confirms that the postponed league match, Stalybridge Celtic v Worcester City, has been rescheduled for 25th March, kick-off 3pm and "is now taking place at Altrincham FC."
The National League tells us that "FC Halifax Town have signed midfielder Joel Logan on loan from Guiseley AFC until the end of the season. Logan came through the youth ranks at Rochdale and has had loan spells at Stalybridge Celtic, Southport and Wrexham...
Meanwhile, Town youngster Isaac Baldwin has joined Spennymoor Town on loan until the end of the season."
At AFC Telford United, "It has been a busy Transfer Deadline for AFC Telford United with the Bucks making four additions to the squad. The club have completed the signing of Daniel Westwood from Wolverhampton Sporting CFC. The 25-year-old plays in the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division for Wolverhampton Sporting but has an impressive goal scoring record having scored over 100 goals during his 18-month stint with the club...
The Bucks have also completed the loan signing of 24-year-old forward John Marsden from Stockport County until the end of the season. John started his career with Wrexham before joining Scottish giants Celtic at the age of 16, but he was unlucky with injuries in Glasgow, which hampered his progress at that time. Marsden enjoyed spells at Stoke City, Shrewsbury Town, and Southport before joining Macclesfield in 2015. During the 2015/16 season, John scored 11 goals in just 22 appearances, despite only arriving at Stockport County midway through the campaign from Colwyn Bay.
Joe Fitpatrick has rejoined the club following his release from Boston United.
The club have also agreed the loan extension of Callum Burton from Shrewsbury Town till the end of the season. Marsden, Westwood, Fitpatrick and Burton will all join the squad for training this evening".
More on this comes from Stockport County which confirms that "Striker John Marsden has today joined AFC Telford on loan for one month" and adds that "Also leaving on loan for a month is Ryan Ellison who is taking the opportunity to get game time at Trafford FC".
According to Kidderminster Harriers, "Boss John Eustace has added two new versatile faces to his squad on what has been a busy day of activity at Aggborough Stadium. A deadline on all new registrations for clubs outside the standard transfer window passed at 5pm toda...
Coming into Aggborough is Emmanuel Sonupe, a 21-year-old winger who joins us on loan for the rest of the season from Northampton Town. He’s joined at the club by another new face in versatile defender, Josh Webb. Josh is also 21 and joins us having parted company with Kilmarnock...
Meanwhile, leaving Harriers on loan are Tom Palmer and [ex-Alty loanee] Wayne Thomas.
Teenage goalkeeper Tom joins Stourport Swifts on loan until the end of the season as he looks to pick up some first-team experience, while Thomas is linking up with Stratford Town for some game time. Thomas will continue working with our U19s side and Academy set-up while adding some more experience to the Town side, where other Harriers players George Forsyth and James Hancocks are also on loan. Additionally, midfielder Ben Clarke is to remain at Halesowen Town until the end of the season".