New manager as Mangos prepare for 21/22 season
MANGOTSFIELD United have a new manager as the club prepares for its next league campaign.
Ray Johnstone is a former goalkeeper who played for Bristol Rovers, Bath City, Gloucester City and many local Bristol sides.
There was even a solitary appearance for the Mangos as well, back in December 2017 in a 2-0 home win over Didcot Town.
Ray has previously managed Portishead, Wells City, Odd Down and Hallen in the Toolstation League.
Ray replaces Glyn Ashton, who will remain at the club, returning to his previous role in player and club development.
Announcing the appointment, the club said: "Ray brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role and is excited by the Mangotsfield United project.
"We wish him well in what we hope will be an exciting season ahead.”
Ray outlined his plans and enthusiasm for the future in an interview on BBC Radio Bristol, with an emphasis once again on youth at the club, but with perhaps one or two experienced players helping to gel the youngsters together.
He will be assisted in the dug-out by his new assistant, Terry Moore.
Like many non-league clubs, Mangotsfield United are eagerly awaiting the new 2021-2022 campaign, which will start in early August.
With the previous two campaigns both abandoned because of Covid-19, all non-league clubs are hoping that next season will go to completion.
The club will continue to play in the Pitching In Southern Football League Division One South.
The division comes under Step 4 of the FA’s recently updated Non-League Pyramid guidelines, which stated that two clubs would be promoted per division – the champions and the winners of a four-team play-off.
Two clubs will be automatically relegated – but both the third and fourth-bottom sides will host a Step 5 runner-up in a promotion/relegation play-off.
This means there will be an intense battle for all clubs to keep away from the bottom four places, instead of the usual two.
There are two new clubs coming into Division One South, with three clubs exiting, which means the new division will have only 19 clubs instead of 20.
The final two “end-of-season” friendlies in late May saw the Mangos share a 2-2 draw with South West Peninsula League Premier Division East side Stoke Gabriel at Cossham Street, with Mircea Ilea and George Neill scoring the home side's goals, followed a week later by a 3-1 win, also at home, against local side Wick.
No player departures or arrivals had been announced at the time of writing, and the club has pre-season friendlies planned at home to Keynsham Town on July 10 and away to Shepton Mallet on July 17, with more expected to be announced.
(MUFC Programme Editor)