A strange six-week period towards the end of last year saw the fortunes of AFC Bridgnorth swing in a variety of directions. After victory at Dudley Town, manager John Psaras and assistant Liam Evans decided the role was not for them and stepped down from their managerial positions. The Under 21s management team of Steve Groome and Dean Yates took on the side temporarily, aided by Kev Heseltine. After a mixed run of results, the position was offered to reserves manager Steve Broome, who accepted and duly appointed Jason Pike as joint manager. Between them, Steve and Jason have played over 1,000 games for Bridgnorth at various levels and are hoping to return the club to former glories. John Gaff is returning as manager of the reserve side and Ken Hodgson remains as assistant manager for the reserves.
Steve says he’s delighted with his new role, explaining, “I’ve been involved with the club for over 20 years and over the years many players, supporters and committee members have asked whether I was interested in managing the first team. I felt now was the right time. Both Jason and I have played for some excellent managers and coaches over the years and those experiences will no doubt influence our own management styles.”
Club secretary Steve Groome says, “The experience Steve Broome and Jason Pike have at this level is very valuable and hopefully their connections within the football community will encourage players to come to AFC Bridgnorth.”