All change at Cossham Street

May 25 2022

MANGOTSFIELD United's home at Cossham Street has been a hive of activity since the end of the season.

A new chairman has taken over the running of the club, they are actively seeking a new first team manager and the FA has announced that the Mangos, for the first time ever, will be competing in the Hellenic League Premier Division next season, after finishing second from bottom of the Southern League Division 1 South at the end of April.

On April 28 the club announced that Mike Richardson had resigned as chairman and was stepping into the role of president.

Steve Brown is taking over as chairman.

He said: “It is something I am very excited to be taking up and is a role that I realise carries a huge amount of responsibility, as the club means so much to so many."

Thanking Mike Richardson for his work, Steve said a committee was being formed to "take the club forward in a positive manner both on and off the field".

He said: "This committee will keep the club in touch with its fan base and keep us steered in the right direction.

"We will also be reconnecting with Mangotsfield United Juniors, and together we’ll be working to help improve facilities and help create a sustainable long term future for the club."

A new commercial team has already secured some new sponsors for the upcoming season but is looking for more.

Steve said the club was looking for a new manager "who shares our positive vision for this club".

Applications were invited for the role on the club's website, with the new manager expected to have experience at managing at Step 5 or above, with a proven track record, contacts throughout the leagues, an ability to both identify and attract talented players and work with the junior section to identify talent from within the club, as well as the ability to work within a budget.

The manager will have to put together a squad once pre-season training begins at the end of June.

The FA announced on May 12 that the Mangos and Cinderford Town, who finished one place above them, would both be playing in the Hellenic League Premier Division next season.

The Mangos will be facing a number of sides they’ve never faced before, such as Shrivenham, Hereford Pegasus, Westfields and Longlevens.

It will be a huge challenge for the club, who will be perceived as a “big name” for the Hellenic League.

However, travel costs will be much easier for the Club.

There will be local fixtures against Cribbs, Roman Glass St George, Chipping Sodbury Town and Thornbury Town.

Had they returned, alongside Barnstaple Town, to the Toolstation Western League, they would have faced trips to five Cornish club sides, as well as a host of Devon clubs, in a very hard league to try and win outright.                Dave Smale