Aylesbury FC appoint Bateman as new boss

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Experienced non league manager Steve Bateman has tonight (Friday) been appointed the new manager of Aylesbury FC ‘with immediate effect’ as reported by The Bucks Herald earlier this week.

Bateman has enjoyed an illustrious non league career, starting his playing days with Hemel Hempstead before joining Everton, where he went on to win the FA Youth Cup before later playing more than 300 games for Chesham.

Bateman’s appointment as successor to Craig Faulconbridge comes after the team lost their sixth game in a row at Marlow in midweek and ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) trip to Beaconsfield SYCOB.

FC chairman Danny Martone has come under pressure from some fans to appoint a new boss and was forced to go against his principles and issue a statement earlier this week reassuring supporters he would appoint someone ‘by early next week’.

He has gone one better, though, managing to get Bateman in ahead of the Beaconsfield match with the club hoping the former Slough boss will have an instant impact.

Herald sport revealed on Tuesday that Bateman was the club’s number one choice and Martone has delivered, with the help of Jon Franklin, who stepped in to lead the team after Faulconbridge stepped down last month to focus on FC’s youth development.

The Moles have lacked direction on the pitch in recent weeks and Bateman should bring plenty of that, with an impressive CV of success at non league level.

His managerial career started at Chesham but he also managed Berkhamstead Town – guiding them to a memorable FA Vase final at Villa Park – and local rivals Hemel Hempstead who he guided to promotion to the Southern Premier League.

Bateman took over at Slough Town in the 2008/9 season, leading them to safety and in the following season reached the Midland Division playoffs.

In 2010/11 Bateman guided Slough to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup. Slough also ran St Neots Town close to the Southern League Division One Central title, losing in the playoff semi-final ironically against tomorrow’s opponents Beaconsfield, after finishing as runners-up.

In 2012/13 Slough reached the first round of the FA Cup where they drew away at Mansfield forcing a replay which, in front of a crowd of 1,600, they lost on penalties.

In a statement confirming the appointment on the club’s official website, FC welcomed Bateman and thanked Franklin for his efforts:

“The club is pleased to announce that Steve Bateman has tonight been appointed manager and will take immediate responsibility for the first team. The club would like to thank Jon Franklin for managing the team through this transition.”