HIGH TACKLE: Brentwood Town's Nicky Symons launches into tackle on a Northwood player in Saturday's match. Photos by Nick Gunn xbg uk 300309 55 01
STAYING PUT: Town manager Carl Griffiths. xec uk 171108 63 01
BRENTWOOD Town want manager Carl Griffiths to stay and lead the club into the Ryman League Premier Division.
Griffiths has been linked with the vacant manager's job at nearby Billericay Town, after Jason Broom was sacked.
In an open "please don't go" plea club chairman Keith Woodcock said: "We definitely don't want Carl or his assistant Scott Canham to leave this club – they have done a fantastic job in their first season.
"We want them to stay and take Brentwood Town into the Premier Division and not go to Billericay Town or elsewhere.
"We are assured of a Division One North play-off place and we hope to go one better this season than last and make it up to the next level."
Griffiths, who is in his first season as a manager, has done remarkably well on a limited budget to push Town into third position.
Since Broom was sacked as joint manager at Billericay at the weekend Griffiths' name has been widely tipped as a likely successor.
"Obviously Carl is a free agent but we want him to stay here. If it was a Blue Square South side looking for a manager then I could possibly understand the attraction of taking over at a higher level," Woodcock said. "He and Scott have done a tremendous job for us this season and we have benefited from their contacts in getting players into the club.
"They have given us a more professional edge and have shown they know how to read players' minds and get the best out of them."
Responding to Woodcock's plea to stay, Griffiths said: "I'm staying – I still have a job to do and I'm really enjoying it and I want to take the club into the premier division.
"I've seen all the speculation on the websites about it and yes it's obviously nice to be linked with such a vacancy.
"But I've no intention of moving anywhere at present because there's unfinished business here.
"Who knows, perhaps in 12 months' time, if such a job at a higher level came up it might appeal to me but certainly not now.
"I intend to stay loyal to Brentwood Town for now and try and get us promotion which is what everyone is working for at the club."
Although disappointed Town lost to Tilbury 1-0 on Tuesday last week, the point gained in their 1-1 draw at home to rivals Northwood on Saturday was vital in ensuring their play-off place.
This Saturday, Griffiths takes his team to near neighbours and league leaders Aveley who remain favourites to be champions.
They beat Town 3-2 at the Arena back in November and Griffiths admits that he is more than keen to "put one over them and put the record straight," particularly as several former Town players are in their side.
"We owe them one and we go there with all the pressure on them and not us," he said. "We're in the play-offs and second place would be fine because that would give us the advantage of a home semi-final tie in the play-offs."
The latest Town player to make the move to the Mill Field is Mitch Hahn.
On the draw with Northwood Griffiths said: "We were awful on the day and so were they really in a game that had a draw written all over it.
"But it was crucial we gained a point and now we can look for more wins in our remaining games to make that second place."
Chairman Woodcock has also praised the growing band of regular supporters who have given much needed vocal backing to the side both home and away.
"They have been tremendous and as a token of the club's appreciation on Saturday April 25, we are holding a special entertainment evening in the clubhouse with a free buffet where everyone is welcomed," he added.
On Tuesday Town have another league match at relegation threatened Witham Town. It will be the third attempt at playing the match after the previous two games were abandoned.