Gary Meakin Takes Over At Burnham
Manager Gary Meakin has taken over at Southern League side, Burnham Football Club after leaving rivals Beaconsfield SYCOB.
The former Wingate & Finchley manager took over the as manager at Beaconsfield just a couple of days before the start of last season when James Pritchard suddenly quit as boss at the Buckinghamshire club. However, Meakin has now left Holloways Park to take over the hot seat created at Southern League Premier Division neighbours Burnham after manager Rob Mallinson departed only yesterday.
Meakin will link up with another ex-Beaconsfield manager at Burnham, Byron Walton, who will work alongside Meakin as general manager and help oversee the development of the first team, reserves and youth team.
Gary Meakin did remarkably well at The Rams after putting together a squad at such short notice. He lead the club to the brink of the Southern League Division One Central play-offs, along with taking them to a second successive final in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, beating football league side Wycombe Wanderers on the way.
Beaconsfield chairman Fred Deanus admitted back in March that he plans on stepping down from the role at the end of the season. With the club already looking for a new chairman, Meakin admits it was a hard decision to leave the football club.
In a message on the Beaconsfield SYCOB website Meakin said: “It is with heavy heart that I leave the club and move to take up the position of 1st team manager at nearby Burnham FC. It has not been an easy decision to make and one that has caused me a few sleepless nights.”