FOOTBALL: Merritt excited by City's future after taking over

8:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014

By Nick Farrant

Justin Merritt is predicting exciting times lie ahead for Oxford City after he was appointed as the club’s general manager.

Merritt, 39, was previously in charge of City and helped them to promotion via the play-offs to the Southern League Premier Division, before resigning two games into the 2009-10 campaign to concentrate on his business interests.

But Merritt, who has also managed Witney Town, said he had no hesitation in taking on a new role at City, which will see him work with Enrique Guillen, who has been promoted to head coach.

The Spaniard previously coached under previous manager Mike Ford, who was sacked last month.

“Enrique will be running the team and I will be supporting him with ideas and player recruitment,” said Merritt.

“But he will be working primarily with the players.

“We’ll be working together – he’s a very enthusiastic guy. He coaches our futsal team and is also a coach at Oxford United’s Centre of Excellence.

“I understand you can’t transfer everything from futsal across to the 11-a-side game, but we may bring it in as part of our training.

“We want to bring an exciting, attacking brand of football to the club, but we’re not unrealistic – we want to be successful in the league, so you have to get the balance right.”

Oxford Mail:

Enrique Guillen joins Justin Merritt in Oxford City’s management team

He added: “Some people may have wished for someone who has managed at a higher level, but I feel I have enough knowledge and enthusiasm to achieve what we want.

“I have been out of football for a while and have had a rest, but I’ve got some ideas and I have also been working in the industry as a FA educator.

“I feel I have learned a lot and have matured as a person.

“The role is not directly being the manager. I’m going to have a more analytical role.”

Asked about the club’s ambitions for next season, he added: “I think (a promotion bid) is a very difficult one to call, it depends on how strong the other teams are in the league.

“The benchmark for City will be an improvement on last year and to develop a style that will encourage people to come and watch us at Court Place Farm.”

Merritt emphasised that while Ford was no longer boss, he still had a vital role to play.

“I’ve been talking to Mike and he’s been able to advise me on how the players that were here did last season,” he added.

“We want to carry on the work that Mike did here. He did a good job, but the club felt it was time to freshen it up at the top.”

MICHAEL DUBERRY COLUMN: Keep it positive at home and send the fear factor packing

Oxford Mail: Michael Duberry

3:00pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

Oxford United have been struggling at home this season, so it’s vitally important that the fans keep on backing their team.

GOLF: End of an era as Tony Rees calls it a day after 56 years at Oxford

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 28th January 2015

TONY Rees admits it will be an emotional day when he finally steps down after spending more than half a century as a permanent fixture on the Oxfordshire golfing scene.

Tyrone Barnett deal is not dead, says Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

9:10am Wednesday 28th January 2015

REPORTS suggesting Tyrone Barnett had rejected personal terms at Oxford United are wide of the mark, says chief executive Mark Ashton.

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Danielle Anderson hands Oxford City Ladies a boost

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

Danielle Anderson netted a hat-trick as Oxford City Ladies regained second spot in the Southern Region Women’s League Premier Division with a crushing 8-0 win at Aldershot Town.

SCHOOLS' FOOTBALL: Oxford Academy reach national finals

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

Oxford Academy reigned supreme to triumph in the ESFA Under 12 indoor five-a-side area final at Soccer City, Fareham.

GIRLS' FOOTBALL: Crowmarsh see record wrecked by Kidlington

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

Crowmarsh's unbeaten record in the Oxford Mail Girls League Under 13 Division was shattered with a 4-0 defeat at home to Kidlington Hawks.

GIRLS' FOOTBALL: Crowmarsh see record wrecked by Kidlington

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

Crowmarsh's unbeaten record in the Oxford Mail Girls League Under 13 Division was shattered with a 4-0 defeat at home to Kidlington Hawks.

FOOTBALL: Karl Dodds and Chris Hirons on target to topple leaders Carterton Town A

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

West Witney struck a potentially decisive blow in the Witney & District FA Premier Division title race by beating leaders Carterton Town A 2-0, writes ANTHONY BARLOW.

FOOTBALL: Abingdon's hopes in ruins after loss

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

Abingdon Town’s North Berks League Division 1 title challenge was left in tatters as they were beaten 3-2 at home by league leaders Kintbury Rangers, writes PHIL ANNETS.

FOOTBALL: Oxford City fall to fourth successive defeat at Worcester

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 28th January 2015

OXFORD City slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Worcester City in last night’s Vanarama Conference North clash – their fourth successive loss.

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/