New Hall Road Rangers chairman Jamie Barnwell 'will bring stability'
NEW Hall Road Rangers chairman Jamie Barnwell hopes his appointment can bring some much-needed stability to the club.
Barnwell has been appointed following the departure of Mark Gregory, who left just three weeks after he arrived promising a bright new era.
Whilst his exit left the club in disarray in the build-up to their season-opening 2-1 defeat to Scarborough at Dene Park, Barnwell hopes the club can now move on to bigger and better things.
"What the club needs right now is stability," he told the Mail.
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"I've been at this club for the last 10 or 11 years on and off and I've seen how it's been run.
"Bob Smailes, who is the president of the club, is in touch with me and he's guiding me in my new role.
"It's not going to be easy but this is my opportunity to put some of my ideas in place.
"My number one priority is to stabilise the club and not always be looking over our shoulder.
"I need to find out what the managers of all our teams want from the club and make sure they are happy."
At 36, Barnwell is one of the youngest chairmen in non-league, but he is now hoping to draw on the contacts he has made throughout his career.
Having made his professional debut in the Premier League as a replacement for Dion Dublin at Middlesbrough in 1995, he then went on to become a NCEL Premier Division regular with Hall Road.
In his new role, Barnwell will be using the contacts he's made to improve the club's fortunes, including former Cambridge team-mate Ian Ashbee.
"I played with Ian at Cambridge and he is still a good friend of mine," he added.
"He's a great person to rally people as he showed when he was Hull City captain.
"If Ian can do anything to raise the profile of the club then that would be great."
Departed chairman Gregory admits staying at the club would have been hard after a clash of personalities with new Dene Park lease holder Alistair Duroch.
"We had a difference of opinions and I felt it was right to move on," he told the Mail.
"I don't think I could have stayed and worked there and I'm now looking for my next opportunity.
"Hopefully, I can find a club soon but I wish Hall Road all the best for the future."