Bath City boss Manda Rigby: No rash decision on Adie's future
Bath City chairman Manda Rigby insists she will not make a “snap judgment” over the future of manager Adie Britton following the club’s costly exit from the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
Cash-strapped City missed out on a potential windfall of more than £20,000 when they crashed out of the competition with a 3-1 replay defeat at Southern League side Gosport Borough.
The result was described by Britton as the most disappointing in his seven-year stay at Mayday Trust Park and comes on top of a run that has seen City win just ten of their last 56 league matches.
It sparked calls for a change in the coaching staff from some quarters and Britton himself said he would know more about his position “over the next couple of days” in the immediate aftermath at Privett Park.
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And Rigby was yesterday in the dark as to whether the manager who steered City to a tenth-place finish in Blue Square Bet Premier only 18 months ago will be in the dugout for Saturday’s home game with Hayes & Yeading (3pm).
She said: “It is my job and that of the board of directors, to take the best decisions for the club and that includes not reacting to emotional events, rather taking stock to come up with the best decision.
“We lost to Gosport, we have been both the victim of cup upsets and, in the past, perpetrators of them. That’s what happens in football.
“What is best for the club will be the driving principle.”
Rigby was appointed by then-acting chairman Britton back in August 2011 but says her good relationship with a man who has both done his job for free and poured his own money into the club coffers will have no bearing if she believes the playing squad is not 100 per cent behind him.
“I can assure you I have no problems at all in making hard decisions,” she added. “A few have questioned if I have the guts to change things. Yes I do – but I also have the guts to stick to the original plan despite setbacks if we decide that is right.”
Victory at Gosport would have netted City £7,500 in prize money and left a trip to lowly Slough Town between them and a place alongside the npower League 1 and 2 clubs in the first round.
Britton had hoped to use the finances generated by a cup run to improve his side and spark a play-off push in the league.
He cut a dispirited and grey- faced figure after Tuesday’s match and said: “My own position is a question for the chairman and the board and the football club as a whole and the direction they want to take going forward.
“This was probably the most disappointing result in all the time I have been at Bath.
“I think the group of players we have here are capable.
“In football it’s either money or time. We don’t have much of the former so it’s going to take time to put it right.”