BRACKNELL Town chairman Kayne Steinborn-Busse has explained the club's reasons for retaining the services of Michael Butcher, whilst parting company with head coach Geoff Warner, writes Dave Wright.

"When I discussed things with Geoff it was clear we had a number of different views on club related issues," he said.

"But he wasn't sacked. Geoff was only in the job until the end of the season after taking over when Carl Davies decided to give up the manager's role.

"Geoff is a superb coach and helped to turn the club's fortunes around. He will always be welcome to come to the club.

"I hope he can see what we are aiming to do here is right for the club – although only time will tell on that front.

"I feel we need to go back to having a more traditional first-team manager, and that's why we appointed Sam Lock.

"What I couldn't do is to appoint a first-team manager and insist they took on the whole of our coaching team, including Geoff and Butch. That is not how it works in football.

"A new first-team manager will want to make his own appointments."

Steinborn-Busse added: "After speaking to Sam, we decided to keep Butch and he will play a vital role in our new coaching set-up. He works full time at the John Madejski Academy, where he is the director of football, he is a UEFA A licensed coach and knows every player worth knowing in the Reading area.

"He produces phenomenal players out of the JMA which we now have in our squad, so he was an important one for us to keep."

"Because he wasn't the lead coach, perhaps it is easier for Butch to come into the new management team, while it would have been almost impossible for Geoff to have made that transition."

In addition to Butcher, the Robins will be coached by Aaron Steadman and Ross Weatherstone – who join from Ascot United and Binfield respectively – and Tony Perry will continue to be the goalkeeping coach.

Matt Stannard has also been brought in as the performance and analyst coach.

Steinborn-Busse commented: "Aaron does a lot of work here (at Bracknell) with the young Berks & Bucks representative teams, so I have spent a lot of time seeing how he operates and getting to know him.

"One of the things which jumps out is that Aaron can bring out the best in Under 16 and 18-year-olds. He recognises boys with talent and brings them on, improving them. He is very strong in that area, so is going to be very valuable to us.

"He will add immense value not just to the first team but to the overall club, helping us to attract the best young talent from the region to come to our educational academy. Aaron is going to be crucial to the club's future."

The Robins' chairman continued: "I am delighted Tony has agreed to continue looking after our goalkeepers, as he has done fantastically well in the time he has been here.

"We have also appointed a performance and analyst coach as that is one department we have been lacking in the past and Matt is an expert in that field. I know he will do a good job for us, as will the rest of the coaching staff. I could not be more delighted with the management team and coaches we have appointed."