Shone promises to change the bad vibe at Burnham FC after taking over as manager

Paul Shone has promised the bad vibe that’s lingered around Burnham for the past few years is going to change after stepping into the manager’s role this week. 

The club revealed this morning (Tuesday) that Alan Paris was leaving and they quickly named former Flackwell Heath boss Shone as his successor.

Shone’s initial task – and it’s a pretty sizable one – is to keep Burnham in the Hellenic Premier Division. The Blues are currently five points from safety at the bottom of the division with only eight matches left to play. 

He also said a lot was going on behind the scenes with several people ‘who have worked at a higher level, and have been involved with academies’ to come on board and establish a new vision to take the club forward again. Those changes are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Burnham have had more managers than can be counted on two hands since Martin Stone stepped down four years ago, and Shone is the third this season – following Mark Betts and Paris – to take on what has, for many years now,  been seen as a poisoned chalice.

“This is something I want to be a part of,” said Shone. “Burnham have had a tarnished image in recent years and there’s been a bad vibe about the place. That’s going to change. I wouldn’t be going in if the club’s ambition didn’t match my own.

“We need to get some wins. That is a must because the table doesn’t lie. But I’m impressed by the progress they want to achieve here and the vision they have for the club. It’s something I want to be a part of.”

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