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Ricardo unveiled as new Swans boss

26th September, 2017

Barton Town have announced that David Ricardo is the new manager of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club.

Ricardo, who left Premier Division rivals Hall Road Rangers earlier this month, will be assisted by Gary Allanson as the Swans look to turn around their season after a slow start that sees them in the bottom two of the table with just four points from their eight games so far.

They take over from Dave Botham and Paul Foot who departed after their Buildbase FA Vase exit at the hands of basement side Clipstone at the weekend.

In his first interview since his appointment, Ricardo told the club's website: "There's a big job to be done but, in terms of potential, the club has huge potential.

"I've known about Barton for over fifteen years through both my playing and managing days, and there's been a big amount of success and great managers at the club - the likes of Carl Stead, Neil Buckley, Dave Anderson, just to name a few.

"It's now a case of this season bringing that success to the table and, for me, taking over at this point this season a success would probably be a top eleven finish that we know is there for the taking.

"There's got to be a lot of hard work throughout the squad in terms of management and the players.

"It looks as though it's definitely sorted off-the-field so we have to get it right on the field.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Dave Botham and Paul Foot, who I know personally very well over the years, playing with and against them.

"They're both great guys and they've put their heart and soul into the club in the last fifteen months or so.

"But now, I think is the time for a change to maximise what's being done off the pitch to make sure that's reflected on the pitch.

"The squad has a lot of potential and there are plenty of changes that need to be implemented as soon as possible but I'm not here to bang heads as it were at this stage, but if things continue as they have been it will require that.

"Along with Gary Allanson on board as the assistant manager, his coaching levels and professionalism are at a fantastic level that we hope to bring through this team."

The pair's first game in charge will be the league trip to Bottesford Town on Wednesday night.

(Story Source: Barton Town)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P Pickering Town 42 96 75
P AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Hall Road Rangers 42 55 -1
13 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
14 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
15 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
16 Thackley 42 47 -9
17 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 47 -31
18 Athersley Recreation 42 46 -23
19 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
20 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 31 -62
R Parkgate 42 26 -58
R Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Knaresborough Town 42 100 61
P Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 40 -36
18 East Yorkshire Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R Retford United 42 24 -73

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