Bognor boss Jack Pearce has vowed there will be changes in the Rocks’ dugout next season – although he failed to confirm if that would mean him stepping down as manager.
After weeks of fighting the inevitable, Bognor’s relegation from National South was confirmed after a 3-2 defeat to Hemel Hempstead last week.
With just three games to go, the Nyewood Lane side are 13 points adrift and sit rock bottom at the foot of the table.
The immediate focus turns to picking up points in the next week against Oxford City away tomorrow (3pm) and at home versus in-form Chelmsford City on Tuesday (7.45pm).
But all the talk on the terrace will be on what will happen at the club next season when Bognor make an immediate return to the Isthmian Premier. With relegation confirmed, the Post asked Pearce if he would be stepping down from the manager’s role.
He said: “I don’t know. I will be talking to the players but you could say that if the vast majority re-sign then they have not got a problem with me or the club.
“One thing is certain – we will be looking to increase the management team in the summer.”
The Rocks’ relegation was confirmed after that home loss to Hemel. Two early goals for the visitors made things difficult for Pearce’s side. A third followed with 20 minutes to go. Late strikes from
Ollie Pearce and Justin Amaluzor gave Bognor hope. But they were unable to find the equaliser.
The odd goal was the difference on Tuesday evening too when Rocks lost 2-1 at Concord Rangers, Ibra Sekajja bagging a consolation.
Pearce said: “As a club we are very disappointed that we have not been able to stay at step two of the game.
“But I cannot complain about the efforts of the main group of players who, from a managing and coaching point of view, have been excellent.
“On Tuesday some of the football was exceptional. Some of the intricate passing was far above this level of the game, but unfortunately once again we lost.
“I feel for them as there’s nothing worse than being part of a relegation team but they can hold their own heads high.”
So what chance then of the Rocks picking up points to round off the season and avoid finishing bottom?
Pearce said: “I would like to do that but there are three in-form teams in the league and we’re playing two of them at home in the last week of the season. One of them [Dartford] is going for the title and the other is going for the playoffs [Chelmsford].
“If the lads put in the effort they put in last night they have a good chance of giving those sides a little bit of a fright.”