AYLESBURY FC 2014 PREVIEW: ‘Reluctant’ Bateman now fully settled at FC as he looks forward to 2014

Steve Bateman
Steve Bateman

Aylesbury FC manager Steve Bateman has said he is fully settled in at Haywood Way and looking forward to 2014.

Bateman, who took over in November, admitted he was ‘reluctant’ when he first took over but said he is now enjoying the challenge at FC.

He said: “For the first couple of weeks after I was appointed, part of me was thinking ‘what am I doing here?’.

“I was something of a reluctant manager at first but now that I have a challenge to really get stuck into I am feeling much more at home here.

“When I stepped down at Slough, I was planning to have a bit of a break from the game but after a few conversations with Danny Martone (FC chairman) I didn’t need too much persuading!”

Bateman said he operates an open-door policy and welcomes the chance to speak to the fans.

He said: “I think part and parcel of non-league football is being able to speak to the fans after matches.

“The fans can usually find me in the bar after games and I always try and answer their questions as openly and honestly as I can because that is an aspect I enjoy.”