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Barton Rovers Promote Boyce

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Mark Boyce has been appointed as the new manager Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Barton Rovers after being named as the successor to Jimmy Gray.

The club`s former assistant-manager, Boyce, was appointed after the departure of former St Albans City boss Gray following the club’s third-placed finish to the 2016/17 campaign.

Boyce worked with Gray during a successful spell together at St Albans and Barton Rovers chairman Darren Whiley has told supporters he was the obvious choice to keep the ball rolling at Sharpenhoe Road after their run to the promotion play-off final before losing out to Farnborough.

Whiley told lutontoday.co.uk: “With the early knowledge that Jimmy was leaving us we spoke to Mark and told him it was our intention to rebuild from within to keep the successful momentum going.

“We had one meeting and it was job done. ‘Boycee’ gets on with everyone and has a wealth of experience as not only a coach but as a player at this level, having had spells at Dunstable and Aylesbury.

“We had a host of decent applications for the post but going outside the club wasn’t our intention as we want to push on from the success of last season.”

He added: “With everything that’s new you get a buzz from it and ‘Boycee’ stepping up has created an air of excitement. Work has already started to strengthen the squad for another tilt at promotion.”

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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