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Story posted: Thursday, 19th May 2011

Gary Stays With Gresley
Gary Norton

Gary Norton

Gary Norton will remain at East Midlands Counties League Champions Gresley FC as first team manager for the forthcoming season. Gary informed the board of his decision earlier today after considering his future over the last couple of weeks due to increased responsibilities off the pitch.
Norton had indicated to the club in early March his intention to step down from his position at the end of this season mainly due to a promotion at work but he has been persuaded to remain in the Moat Ground hot seat for another campaign.

On the news Gary told the club's website: "It's been a tough couple of weeks agonising over the decision. My head was telling me one thing and my heart was telling me the other but now the decision is made I'm delighted and can't wait to get started on the exciting challenge of a new league.

"In a nutshell I received an unexpected promotion into a senior management position at work at the end of February and this made an already hectic work life balance vastly more challenging. I was worried how I would be able to balance the vastly increased demands of my job with not only my football but also my family which is very, very important to me.

"As such, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to give Gresley the 110% focus it needs and so I had decided to step down at the end of the season and had informed the club of my intention at the time. When the season had finished Barry North and I had a couple of meetings in which he asked that I reconsider so that's what I agreed to do."

He added: "Having spoken to a number of people over the last fortnight including my assistant Martin Rowe, a number of players and also my family I've decided to stay on. The concerns I had have been mostly resolved thanks to Martin agreeing to take on a lot more of the day to day aspects of the job that since March I had found more difficult to keep on top of due to the nature of my day job.

"He's been a brilliant assistant over the last two seasons and is always looking to do more to help but the extra support he has agreed will ensure that between us all aspects of the job are covered. Due to my work, I may need to miss the occasional midweek game or a few training sessions here and there but this won't impact on the team or our performance levels.

"Work now starts on getting the rest of the squad to commit to stay at the club next season and a big part of me staying is that I'm confident that most of the lads we want to keep at the club from last season will also remain. We have the nucleus of a very good squad and with a few additions here and there we will be in good shape for the new challenge ahead.

"I also have a great assistant in Martin Rowe and an excellent coach in Martin Rowntree on my backroom team so I'm confident that between us we are more than well equipped to go into whichever league we end up in and do ourselves and the club and its supporters justice."
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10 Highgate United 29 -3 38
11 South Normanton Athletic 26 0 37
12 Worcester City 26 11 36
13 AFC Wulfunians 31 -6 36
14 Coventry Sphinx 25 -19 34
15 Tividale 23 -4 27
16 Haughmond 29 -29 26
17 Racing Club Warwick 24 -29 24
18 Lye Town 28 -31 18
19 Gresley 26 -22 16
20 Selston 25 -38 13

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