Davis out as Ford announced as new manager of Banbury United

Out: Paul Davis has been replaced by Mike Ford
Out: Paul Davis has been replaced by Mike Ford

Banbury United have today (Friday) confirmed that they have appointed former Brackley Town and Oxford City manager Mike Ford as the new manager of the club.

Following interviews with candidates yesterday the job was offered to Ford this morning.

Interviews were conducted by representatives of the current management board and the steering group behind the proposed Community Benefit Society ownership of the club.

A club statement said: “The board would like to wish Mike every success in the role and hope now that the manager situation has been resolved that all supporters will get behind the new manager and club as it embarks on what is likely to be a new venture as a Community Benefit Society.”

Ford had a long career as a Football League player with Oxford United and Cardiff City and has previously managed Brackley Town and Oxford City.

He was manager of Oxford City when they gained promotion to Conference North at the end of season 2011/12.

A decision was taken to advertise the manager’s post in the Non-League Paper while the now outgoing boss Paul Davis was still in position.

Davis – who did not apply for the position despite stressing he was keen to stay at Spencer Stadium – had no knowledege of the advert until two days before it was due to appear.

The club statement continued: “The board would like to go on record in stating their appreciation for the work Paul Davis did under extremely difficult circumstances last season and wish him all the best in his future career in football.

“The existing board continues to work with the Community Benefit Society Steering Group towards the transfer of ownership of the club in the near future to a CBS.”

The Puritans have been placed in Division One South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League for next season following their relegation.