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Bracknell Town blame falling gates and lack of identity for Sam Lock’s exit

Bracknell Town Sam Lock

Isthmian League Bracknell Town are looking for a new manager to bring back their fans after parting company with Sam Lock.

The former Maidenhead United number two left Larges Lane on Wednesday, less than five months after his appointment in May as the successor to Geoff Warner.

After ten years at York Road and with a growing reputation for developing young players, the Robins had hoped he could build on Warner’s legacy and second placed finish last term.

According to a club statement released via the Football in Berkshire website, a lack of team identity and falling attendances were key factors in the decision with officials fearing fans were drifting away because of their style of play.

Along with the recruitment of Aaron Steadman from Ascot United as a first team coach and Ross Weatherstone from Binfield as reserve team boss, Lock was appointed to overhaul the Berkshire club’s management structure.

The Isthmian League South Central Division club’s director of football Mark Tallentire and first team head coach Aaron Steadman were named as an interim managers to ‘steady the ship’.

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Lock had been frustrated by a lengthening injury list since setting about reshaping the Robins squad after a summer of key player departures.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at FA Vase holders Chertsey proved to be his final game at the helm before his departure with his side sitting in ninth spot in the league.

Images courtesy of Bracknell Town & @BracknellTownFC/Twitter

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