Bethnal Green boss admits squad overhaul

The Bethnal Green United squad will undergo a major overhaul in the summer according to boss Justin Gardner.

The Greens title challenge fell apart towards the end of the season and although they finished one place higher than last season in fourth, the boss is keen take advantage of the player merry-go-round which routinely takes place in the off-season.

“I will make changes and I am looking for a lot of new players,” Gardner said.

“My first thoughts are that we have had a poor season. But after considering we have no budget and had 16 players injured towards the end of the season it’s not been a bad season. If I had all my players available to me for the whole season I believe we would have won the league. However at the end of the day it’s all ifs and buts.”

Gardner is keen to focus on the future and confirmed he will be leading the club next season.

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“They are my local team and I would like to take them as far as I can,” he said. “The only thing lacking is a playing budget and because of that we do miss out on some players, which could take the club even further.

“However we have a great backroom staff at the club and the people in charge do all they can to help.”

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The Greens finished their season in style with a 5-2 win over Eton Manor. Sam Adejokun and Danny Sabaroache both hit doubles, while Ryan Lee was also on target as United won only their second game in their last seven.

“We played well. It was a good team performance and it was nice we finished on a high,” Gardner said.

“It was a shock out of the blue to score five after struggling to score for so long. I told them before the match to just go out and enjoy themselves and they certainly did that.”

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