Blue Square Bet
Published 4th May 2012
Relegated City will return to the Conference South in 2012/13 but, despite a disastrous second season, Britton says he will be leaving the non-League's top flight with plenty of happy memories. "I've enjoyed the experience immensely," said the boss, who guided City to a tenth-placed finish in the 2010/11 campaign.
"We did so well from October of the first season that, in a way, it gave people expectations way beyond what could be achieved.
"This year has been very difficult but some of the football we've played has been better than last year. What we did have last year was a bit of pace and a cutting edge, and we did score a lot of goals at key times. That has deserted us.
"But I have learnt an awful lot during the past two seasons and I'm certainly a much, much, much better manager than I was two years ago. I think a lot of the players are better as well, so we are much stronger for the experience."
The next aim for Britton is to ensure City return to the Premier as quickly as possible, although he warned there may be some difficult hurdles to clear first.
"The club will come back and be sustainable at Conference Premier level," he pledged.
"In the short-term, there are cash-flow problems and they have to be sorted out at board level.
"But I think the long-term future of Bath City is very good because we are sat on a capital asset and there are chances of a new ground.
"When a lot of clubs are failing around you, if we can continue to keep our house in order and act sensibly then the future over the next four or five years is promising."