As you were: Chichester City management and players back for more success – Chichester Observer

Posted: June 13, 2020 at 11:46 am

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Chi City's squad made waves last season - and are out do well again with the same management team and squad / Picture: Jordan Colborne

Manager Miles Rutherford, assistant Graeme Gee and coaches Danny Potter and Darin Killpartrick are all committing to the club for 2020-21.

And Oaklands park bosses are hopeful most if not all of last seasons squad will stay.

It will inspire hope of another successful season for City following their debut year at step four of the non-league pyramid.

Not only did they surpass the expectations of most by flying high in the Isthmian south east division, they went on a club record-breaking run to the second round of the FA Cup.

In fact, when football froze in mid-March they were well-placed for a late run into the play-offs.

A teams second season at a higher level can be tougher than their first, but City will be confident of making a big impression again with last seasons squad still together.

City chairman Andy Bell said the club, like all non-league outfits, had found the past three months tough with no chance to get together, no income and still no news of when pre-season and the 2020-21 campaign was likely to begin.

Weve been trying to keep things ticking over but its hard, he said.

The lads will be coming in soon for some fitness and it looks like pretty much the whole squad will be staying, which is great news.

They showed last season what they could so and what a tight-knit bunch they were.

Were equally delighted the management team are all staying with us. As a group of four, they worked so well together last season and well be pleased to see that continuing.

Bell said the loss of the end of last season and the closure of the clubhouse had cost City up to 8,000 in revenue.

They have also had to pay out significant sums connected with their lease of the ground from Chichester District Council.

Bell said theyd had a business interruption grant but, like all organisations, were desperate to get their facilities open when it was ruled safe.

Ground improvement plans are being worked up and the club have launched a womens team plus under-16 and under-14 girls teams.

The mens side of the club will have an A team (reserves) in the West Sussex League plus under-23 and under-18 sides.

Longer-term they are working towards laying a 3G pitch which will allow a greater volume of teams to play at Oaklands. That could even go down next summer.

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