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

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's draw at Hartlepool United

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

OXFORD United came from behind to draw 1-1 at Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Jake Wright says a point was all Oxford United deserved

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Jake Wright admitted a point was all Oxford United’s performance deserved as they took almost an hour to find their feet against basement side Hartlepool United.

Draw leaves Michael Appleton nonplussed

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Michael Appleton thinks only time will tell if Oxford United’s 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United was a good point or a missed opportunity.

FOOTBALL Didcot denied victory by ten-man visitors

Oxford Mail: Luke Carnell heads Abingdon United ahead during their shock 2-1 win against Sholing

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Didcot Town extended their unbeaten run in Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West to 14 matches, but only after coming back two goals down at home to draw 2-2 with ten-man Bridgwater on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Brave Banbury thwarted by late goal

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Basement club Banbury gave Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division high-fliers Chesham a big fright before having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Cook and McNish double up as North Leigh rout Wantage Town

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Jamie Cook and Callum McNish both scored twice as free-scoring North Leigh added to Wantage’s recent misery with a convincing 5-0 victory in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West derby at Alfredian Park.

RACING: Bradstock praises Flintham

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Mark Bradstock believes Ascot winner Flintham could be even better than his illustrious relatives Carruthers and Coneygree.

Danny Rose urges Oxford United to tighten up defence

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 22nd December 2014

Danny Rose says Oxford United need to kick the habit of conceding the first goal in games after they again had to come from behind, drawing 1-1 at Hartlepool United.

RESULTS: December 20-21

7:50am Monday 22nd December 2014

Oxford Mail: Ox Mail senior football wob

FOOTBALL: Kidlington lose top-slot after home defeat

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:20am Monday 22nd December 2014

Kidlington were knocked off the top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division following a surprise 3-0 home defeat by Highworth Town on Saturday.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2014 Newsquest Media Group

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

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