FOOTBALL: Oxford City chief aiming high for next season

9:30am Thursday 12th June 2014

OXFORD City president Thomas Guerriero has backed the club’s new management team to be a big success – expecting next season to be “something special”.

The American businessman was behind the decision to sack Mike Ford and appoint Enrique Guillen as the club’s new head coach with Justin Merritt in a newly-created general manager role.

Guerriero believes the move will help turn around the club’s fortunes after City narrowly avoided relegation from Conference North last season.

“It’s just a change in the way we’re thinking,” he said.

“Our entire focus is to have the most talented and driven individuals that are possible out there to become a part of what we’re doing. “Mike’s been a great help for the club for many years, but we’ve got aspirations to achieve great things.

“We needed to move in a new direction.”

Gullien was the coach of the Oxford Lions Futsal team, before joining Ford’s coaching staff midway through last season.

And Guerriero is expecting big things.

“We’re very excited about Enrique taking charge,” he added.

“We have all the confidence in the world we will be able to do something special next sea-son.

“He will be someone who does something phenomenal.” Despite finishing third from bottom last season, Guerriero is looking to be challenging at the other end of the table next season.

“Every season it should be the goal to get promoted – why compete just to exist?” he said.

“You compete to win, not just to be middle of the table. That’s the whole purpose about what makes sport so great.”

Guerriero is still hoping to install a new 3G pitch at the club’s Marsh Lane ground, with the league saying they are likely to discuss the possibility of approving such playing surfaces at their half-yearly EGM in January.

“The artificial pitch would allow the kids to play on our home ground in the morning before the senior teams later in the day, so we have a whole of day of events showing what Oxford City is all about,” he commented.

Latest Sport news

Stalwart Mickey Lewis set to leave Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Mickey Lewis and Alasdair Lane are no longer part of Oxford United’s coaching staff, the Oxford Mail understands.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City welcome new Spanish trio as squad takes shape

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 7th July 2015

OXFORD City’s Spanish contingent will return this week ahead of their pre-season campaign, which begins against Hungerford Town at Newbury Town on Saturday.

CRICKET: Will Beer is the toast with all-round show as Oxfordshire take firm grip

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Will Beer played the key role as Oxfordshire took firm charge off their Unicorns Counties Championship match against Wales MC at Great & Little Tew.

FOOTBALL: Concannon relishing Didcot Town's FA Cup derby with Wantage Town

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

DIDCOT Town joint manager Ian Concannon feels his side’s FA Cup clash at local rivals Wantage Town is a mouth-watering one.

ROWING: Constantine Louloudis is inspiration for Great Britain glory

Oxford Mail: Constantine Louloudis was in Oxford University's winning crew

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

The return of Oxford University president Constantine Louloudis helped Great Britain’s eight to victory in the grand Challenge Cup.

RACING: Victoria Pendleton criticism sparks Lawney Hill response

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Oxfordshire racehorse trainer Lawney Hill has responded to criticism of Victoria Pendleton’s bid to become an amateur jockey.

FOOTBALL: Cowley Workers squeeze home in Cup

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Premier Section side Cowley Workers had to come from behind to beat Section 3 hosts Littlemore British Legion 5-4 in the first round of the Greene King ODDA’S Men’s Summer Seven-a-side Cup.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Battling Oxford fall to late storm against high-flying Keighley

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Oxford gave pacesetters Keighley Cougars a good test before three late tries gave the hosts a 44-14 win in Kingstone Press League One on Sunday.

GOLF: Eddie Pepperell confident of making Open line-up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

Eddie Pepperell has revealed he withdrew from the French Open with a back problem – but it will not jeopardise his participation in The Open next week.

GOLF: Bob Harris bids farewell to North Oxford

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 7th July 2015

NORTH Oxford will name a trophy in Bob Harris’s honour following his decision to take early retirement after 29 years of service to the club.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2015 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

Click 2 Find Business Directory http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/trade_directory/