Botterill quits as boss of UCL champions Long Buckby

Long Buckby Manager - Glenn Botterill
Long Buckby Manager - Glenn Botterill

GLENN BOTTERILL says he’d taken Long Buckby as far as he could – after resigning as boss of the United Counties League Premier Division champions.

Botterill led the Bucks to a league record 108 points last season, dropping just 12 along the way as they saw off the challenge of big-hitters King’s Lynn to claim the crown.

But Buckby’s Station Road home did not meet Southern League requirements, meaning the club were unable to win promotion.

That left Botterill disappointed as he was unable to take his all-conquering team to the next level and he is now seeking pastures new.

The loquacious gaffer says he is open to offers but insists the next move he makes will be to a club which matches his ambition.

“I felt as if I’d taken Buckby as far as I could,” said Botterill. “I was gutted that we’d done so well last year but couldn’t go up.

“We could have taken that side up and done really well at the next level. I spoke to Greeny (Buckby assistant manager Matt Green) and we felt it was right to move on.

“I’m open to offers now but the club I go to have got to have the facilities and the ambition to go on.”

Two of Buckby’s title-winning side have already left the club, with star striker Russ Dunkley and skipper Richard Bunting heading to King’s Lynn.

And it looks like they’ll be followed through the exit door by plenty of other key players when Botterill lands a new job.

“Dunkley and Bunting have gone to King’s Lynn and Lingy (Greg Ling) has been offered something there as well,” said Botterill.

“When I go somewhere else I will probably take six or seven with me.

“I just want something to have a go at now. I don’t mind where I go as long as the club wants to progress.

“I enjoy winning and that’s what it’s all about. I don’t want to make the numbers up and finish halfway.”