BEDFONT Town have pulled off a real coup by bringing in former Hayes & Yeading and Farnborough supremo Garry Haylock as their new manager.
The former Huddersfield Town striker, who also enjoyed a goal-filled career in the League of Ireland, was this week appointed as the permanent successor to Kevin Cooper, who left the club in November.
Jon-Barrie Bates, who led Bedfont to a run of six wins from eight games while in temporary charge, will be offered the head coach position.
Haylock, who turned down the York City job to take over at Farnborough last summer, has been looking for a new job in football since being let go by the Hampshire side in October.
Bedfont chairman Doug White said: “Garry believes if there is a club he can take from step four into the Conference, it is a club like ours, as we have no debts and no skeletons in our closets.
“He has turned down jobs at a higher level for precisely that reason, but he has a club here which he can mould into his own shape.”
Bates was due to be given the news on Wednesday night and will weigh up his options in the run up to tomorrow's crunch game against the Southern League Central's bottom side, Marlow.
White said: “JB has, as usual, done an excellent job for us, but he works full time as well, which is a massive commitment. He'd be the first to realise that taking us up a level, to where we want to be, would have consequences in his personal life. We have Daventry away next Tuesday, and games like that mean a day off work without pay.”
Bates' last act as Bedfont manager was to guide his team to a 2-1 derby win at Ashford Town on Monday, with midfielder Aaron Clarke, promoted from the reserves, scoring a late winner on his first team debut after Glenn Garner has cancelled out Ashford's opener.