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Fans left gutted as manager leaves club despite being second in the table

Fans have been left gutted as a manager leaves an Isthmian League club this week despite being second in the South Central Division table.

Their last couple of seasons have been dreadful, but just when it looked like the good times were returning at Staines Town, it has been dealt a blow.

Paul Barnes came into the non league club on the 28th of February 2020, however after a bleak finish the abandoned 2019/20 season, they have become high flyers for the 2020/21 campaign and looked like contenders for promotion.

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Staines described Paul as having built a strong reputation in the game and brought with him a wealth of experience.

He had spells at Welling United, Ashford United and Margate in the role of assistant manager and first team coach capacities.

Paul was also manager at Greenwich Borough during the 2017/18 season, leading the club to the play-offs.

Paul has successfully obtained his UEFA A License and wasted no time in getting to know their players.

Fast forward to January 2021 and he’s decided to leave the club.


STFC regret to announce Paul Barnes has resigned from his position as First Team Manger with immediate effect.

Paul has decided that the time is right for him to leave his position in order for him to commit to other projects.

We would like to thank him for his work during his 10 months at Wheatsheaf Park and wish him all the best for the future.

The Club will begin the search for a new First Team Manager immediately.

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Fans gave their reaction and it’s fair to say they were left gutted as the manager leaves the club despite being second in the table…

@THERussellGrant: The saddest news for one of my great Middlesex non-league clubs @StainesTownFC @Barnsey299 is one of the best things to happen to the club but I totally understand in our present troubled times and the uncertainty it behoves it is important to pursue those things we have personal control over. Good luck, Paul, with your future. Keeping your mind, body and spirit active is so important in these dormant times when we need to be Bush. As the club Patron I speak for many when I say we are grateful our paths crossed albeit for a short time.

@kristian007: Bad news already in 2021. Wish him all the best thou

@StatoDave: That’s a great shame as he did an excellent job. Good luck @Barnsey299 in whatever you are doing next.

@SPARKYMARK72: This is a real shame as @Barnsey299 is not just a top manager but also a top bloke, which you don’t find very often in football. I wish him the best of luck in his new ventures

@peterlell: @Barnsey299 wishing you all the very best in your new venture/project. You did a great job at @StainesTownFC under limited resources… Top man…

@danswan121: Sad to see you go @Barnsey299 good luck in the future

@Hustorgut: Top top coach and top top person!

@P17OT: Real shame some big things were happening, might be heading to West Brom I heard?!

@Wakes1976: Thanks for everything you’ve done for the club @Barnsey299. Hope we have been a good stepping stone to move onto better things..

@tomread1994: Get @crombie back !!

@Eli_Lester96: Top coach @Barnsey299

@pjkmara: Shocker! You’ve had one there, letting him go. He’s proved his pedigree and worth which no doubt you’ll see in the near future.


2000-01 – ISTH-1: G42 W16 D8 L18 GF60 GA66 PTS56 – 13/22
2001-02 – ISTH-1: G42 W12 D11 L19 GF45 GA60 PTS47 – 16/22
2002-03 – ISTH-1S: G46 W14 D16 L16 GF57 GA63 PTS58 – 15/24
2003-04 – ISTH-1S: G46 W26 D9 L11 GF85 GA52 PTS87 – 6/24
2004-05 – ISTH-P: G42 W17 D9 L16 GF59 GA53 PTS60 – 9/22
2005-06 – ISTH-P: G42 W20 D10 L12 GF74 GA56 PTS70 – 6/22
2006-07 – ISTH-P: G42 W15 D12 L15 GF64 GA64 PTS57 – 12/22
2007-08 – ISTH-P: G42 W22 D12 L8 GF85 GA54 PTS78 – 2/22
2008-09 – ISTH-P: G42 W23 D13 L6 GF75 GA41 PTS82 – 2/22
2009-10 – CONF-S: G42 W18 D13 L11 GF59 GA40 PTS67 – 8/22
2010-11 – CONF-S: G42 W11 D14 L17 GF48 GA63 PTS47 – 15/22
2011-12 – CONF-S: G42 W12 D10 L20 GF53 GA63 PTS46 – 15/22
2012-13 – CONF-S: G42 W13 D8 L21 GF61 GA78 PTS47 – 18/22
2013-14 – CONF-S: G42 W18 D9 L15 GF56 GA57 PTS63 – 8/22
2014-15 – CONF-S: G40 W7 D4 L29 GF39 GA82 PTS25 – 21/21
2015-16 – ISTH-P: G46 W15 D10 L21 GF53 GA74 PTS55 – 16/24
2016-17 – ISTH-P: G46 W16 D13 L17 GF78 GA68 PTS61 – 12/24
2017-18 – ISTH-P: G46 W21 D12 L13 GF106 GA83 PTS75 – 8/24
2018-19 – SOUTH-PS: G42 W4 D0 L38 GF40 GA168 PTS12 – 22/22
2019-20 – ISTH-1SC: G29 W2 D8 L19 GF39 GA81 PTS14 – ABAN

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