BRACKNELL Town’s new chief executive, Stephen Shortland, has explained the reason for the change of manager, writes Dave Wright.

He said: “I’m thrilled Bobby is joining us. He brings with him a wealth of experience that can further help the development of the first team and the on-going goal of promotion to higher leagues.

“His arrival is timely not because of a disappointing recent run of results, which are not through lack of effort, but also during a time of review at the club and all aspects of its internal organisation, coaching and playing strategies.”

Despite the arrival of the new management and coaching staff, Mark Tallentire and Geoff Warner will not be leaving the Larges Lane club.

Tallentire, the interim manager for seven weeks following the sacking of Sam Lock, will stay as a director, while a role will be found for coach Warner, who had only just returned to the club to assist him.

A club statement confirmed: “Tally will remain an integral part of the club and will return to his role on the board, supporting the growth and development of the club he loves.”

Commenting on Warner, Robins defender and former player-manager Carl Davies tweeted: “Unfortunately Geoff left his role as first team coach. Never have I met a more genuine bloke and a fantastic coach. #ClassAct he’ll be missed by us all.”

Davies added: “Looking to the future, I’m excited about what’s to come.”

The Robins have been drawn away to Vanarama National League South strugglers Hungerford Town in next month’s second round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.

It will, of course, mean a return to Bulpit Lane for new manager Bobby Wilkinson and his assistant, Mike Percival, while the Hungerford squad includes former Bracknell goal ace Liam Ferdinand.

The Crusaders have also just signed centre back Baboucarr Jarra, who won an FA Vase medal with Thatcham Town in 2018, when Robins midfielder Harrison Bayley was also there. It’s understood Bracknell were interested in signing Jarra.