MARVIN McCoy reckons Gordon Bartlett deserves to win promotion with Wealdstone this season.
The Wycombe Wanderers defender worked with Bartlett for two years between 2008-10, winning the Supporters Club Player and the Player’s Player of the Year awards, before earning a move into the Football League.
Since joining Wealdstone in 1995, Bartlett has guided them to four promotions during his near 20-year stint at the helm, but he has never quite managed to lift the club into the Conference South.
Last season was Wealdstone’s eighth successive Ryman Premier Division campaign and it ended in play-off heartbreak as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 away to Lowestoft Town, who they could well meet in the end-of-season lottery again this term.
McCoy still has pals at Grosvenor Vale and is praying that does not happen, with the former Stones favourite crossing his fingers for Bartlett’s boys to finally get the job done this time round.
“They might finally go up,” McCoy said.
“It’s been a long time coming for them. I wish them all the best. Hopefully they can do it.
“I follow them whenever I can. Obviously we’ve got games when they have so it’s tough.
“I’d like to have gone to a few games as I’ve still got friends there, but I wish the lads all the best.
“When I was there we got close.
“I think this is the year when they’ve got it all together and they can get over that line and finally get in the Conference South.
“I think Gordon deserves it.
“He’s put a lot of hard work in and a lot of players have come in and out but he’s given them a great chance and it’d been nice for him if he could get them up.
“Gordon is a nice guy, he manages people well, and it shows with his record of getting players to pro clubs.
“Credit to him, he’s a good manager.”
McCoy has had an injury-disrupted campaign with Wycombe Wanderers in 2012-13 and is yet to secure a new contract for the new season.