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Betts willing to talk about Burnham future but joint manager Palmer is set to leave

Mark Betts hasn’t ruled out the possibility of remaining in charge at Burnham and will sit down with club president Malcolm Higton today (Friday) to talk about the Blues’ future.

Betts is hopeful the club will start to rebuild – whether he remains at the helm or not – but will do Malcolm the courtesy of sitting down with him this week.

Betts’ joint manager last season Jon Palmer has already notified outgoing chairman Gary Reeves of his intention to leave and Betts is yet to be convinced of the club’s ambition, saying they’ll need to ‘pull a rabbit out of the hat’ to persuade him to stay on.

Burnham have been relegated from the Premier Division after finishing second from bottom. Betts had hoped that would be good enough for survival, after Tuffley Rovers were given a reprieve after finishing in the same position last season, but it seems unlikely that will be the case this summer.

“To be fair it’s a massive step down,” said Betts of Burnham’s demotion to non-league step six.

“But I respect Malcolm and will have a chat with him on Friday.

“Maybe he can twist my arm and show me a brighter future for the club over the next two or three years.

“But a lot would need to be sorted out behind the scenes.”

Burnham are yet to appoint a successor as chairman to Reeves after he announced his intention to stand down at the end of last season.

Betts added that the club would also need to employ coaches, a secretary and put other things in place to assure him the club is minded to move in the right direction again after three successive demotions.

“You can’t work for a club that doesn’t have a chairman and you don’t know what direction it’s going in,” added Betts.

“There’s a lot of work to be done. It’s not an impossible task but it isn’t a very nice one.

“The club needs a new chairman, secretary, physio, coaching staff, kit. So much needs to be done and I don’t know whether it is ready to step up to that. Can they pull a rabbit from the hat?”


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