Tigers lifted as boss commits his future
A NEW contract for manager Dave Mehew will give Gloucester City fans a positive boost at the end of a disappointing week.
After two defeats on the pitch and frustration in the planning office, City fans will have been desperate for some good news – and a new two-year deal for their successful boss fits the bill.
Mehew took over as Tigers boss in June 2008, stepping up from his role as assistant manager after Tim Harris' move 'upstairs' into a general manager's role.
The 44-year-old has since guided the club to promotion from the Southern League and established City in Blue Square Bet North, despite never taking charge of a proper 'home' game.
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Eyeing further progression on the pitch over the course of his new contract, Mehew said he was relieved to have got the deal sorted.
"It's been talked about for a while and it's just been a case of getting the details sorted," Mehew said.
"And fair play to the club, because we haven't had a great start and while there are underlying reasons for that, they've allowed me to assemble the best squad I've had in my time here.
"Now we all have to man up as a team and a staff to get everyone fit and firing, if we do that I am absolutely certain that we will move up the table.
"We've progressed every year, so I don't think there was any reason for them not to give me a contract.
"Now we're in a position where we've got to push on and get up the table."
Mehew's previous deal had expired at the end of last term and while he was always happy to continue in the role, he is relieved to get the new terms ironed out.
However, the Tigers boss believes his personal circumstances are far outweighed by the club's current predicament which has seen them struggling at the bottom of the Blue Square Bet North table.
"While it's nice to have the certainty that a two-year contract gives, it's of no use when we're at the bottom of the league," Mehew said.
"But once we get through the back of this tough spell we can push on, start climbing the table and also look forward to having a decent cup run too."