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Brook Street Athletic will kick off the new league campaign this Saturday with a home match against last seasons runners-up FC MUNRO. This will be followed by an away trip to face montford afc and a home game against Dimsdale Gamers II.

“I’d have preferred to play FC MUNRO after two or three weeks, but that’s not how the hattrick fixture computer works”, said Arjen on hearing the fixtures.

He added, “FC MUNRO appear on paper to be our biggest challengers, so it’s important we get off to a good start. We’ll prepare thoroughly and leave absolutely nothing to chance.

Before that however, Athletic have the small matter of a Scottish Cup First Round tie against Coatbridge Corinthians on Wednesday.


Andy Hautala looks on as Dan Zieleznik hits our second goal against FC AnTraX this afternoon

Brook Street Athletic completed their pre-season schedule with a convincing 3-0 win over FC AnTraX in Luxembourg this afternoon in a match they dominated from start to finish.

Athletic’s goals came from Kyle Fair, Daniel Zeleiznik and Andy Hautala, and even Nemanja Jankovic’s ordering off with nine minutes left for two yellow cards in quick succession couldn’t detract from what was a very professional performance by the New Home Park side.

Speaking afterwards, the coach expressed his pleasure at how well the preparations for the new season have gone.

Arjen said, “I’ve had a good look at all my players now, and I’m fairly certain about what my starting line-up will be a week on Saturday”.

He continued, “I decided to field a very strong side today, simply to keep everyone ticking over in preparation for the big kick-off. I could have fielded a team of fringe and reserve players, but I want everyone to be ready to go so we can hit the ground running”.

On the match itself, Arjen said, “We made a lot of chances today and have scored three and hit the post twice, so I’ve got to be pleased with that. The only disappointing feature of the game was Nemanja getting himself sent-off for two stupid cards, especially as there was only two minutes between the bookings. However, he will learn from this and be a better player for it”.

“Over all, I’m very satisfied with our build-up to the new campaign. We’ve scored five goals and conceded none, so confidence amongst the squad is high as we look forward to our season opener in the Scottish Cup”.

Of the Cup draw, he said, “It looks like we have been lucky with our seeding, so we got a relatively straightforward tie. I did fairly well in the cup when I was in Norway, so I’ll be looking to do likewise with Brook Street”.

He added, “We will prepare for the match thoroughly though, and I may go with a strong line-up again on Wednesday to keep the match practice up ahead of the league opener. That’s a decision I’ll make closer to the time though”.

Athletic have been drawn away to Division V.119 side Coatbridge Corinthians in the first round of the Scottish Cup.

The tie will be played next Wednesday, 1 December 2010, with a 10:30 kick-off.

It was an afternoon of heartache for Brook Street as our 3-1 victory over The Disorders proved insufficient to avoid automatic relegation.

Brook Street knew that at least a 7-0 win was required to defy the impossible odds and in the early stages struggled to break down The Disorders defence. However, two goals in the space of five minutes before half-time changed the complexion of the game: Paul O’Healihy opening the scoring after thirty-six minutes with a superb half volley; and Marcus Lövman’s fine strike after forty-one were all that Brook Street could achieve in their quest.

The visitors were rocking, and half-time couldn’t have come at a worse time for Street as they went chasing a third goal.

Just before the hour mark though, Paul O’Healihy fired home the third, but following this the visitors shut up shop and Street just couldn’t find a way through again. Then, with seven minutes remaining Abbot Murdoch finally put the nail in Brook Street’s coffin, finishing off a tremendous move that carved through the Brook Street defence.

“We played very well, but we were facing an impossible task”, said Arjen Bogaert afterwards. “Had we scored very early, then who knows, but the odds against a seven goal win were immense”.

“We’ll now start building for next season to ensure our stay in Division IV is for only one season”, added the coach.

Arjen Bogaert took time out this morning to speak to the official website for the first time since being appointed as Brook Street’s new coach last weekend.

“This is a completely new challenge for me but one I am relishing”, he said. “I had a few successful seasons in Norway including a couple of league titles, but this is a big step up, and I’m hoping I can bring the same level of success to Brook Street”.

He continued, “I learnt a lot in my last post in Norway, and I have a few ideas I want to try out. I’ve had a good look at the players in training and have already identified a couple of positions that I feel need strengthening.

“Some players will come in and possibly some will leave, but essentially I have inherited a very compact and good squad with that important blend of youth and experience”.

Turning to tomorrow’s final league game of the season he said, “I’m realistic enough to know the odds are stacked very much against us and that we are probably looking at relegation to Division IV. However I can assure every single one of the Brook Street supporters that if we are going down, we’ll go down fighting”.

“Let’s be frank here, to avoid relegation we need to win 7-0 tomorrow and if I’m being completely honest, I think that’s too big a task for us.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’ll be going all-out to get the required win, but at the same time, we’ve got to face up to facts and we should also be preparing to ensure our stay in Division IV is for one season only”.

He added, “Having watch some of the DVD’s of our matches this season, I can honestly say that we have been unlucky on a number of occasions, however we’ve also conceded a number of stupid goals which may have ultimately played their part in our downfall”.

“After tomorrow’s match, I will be looking at our playing squad for next season and sitting down with the chairman to pin-point players I feel we should be moving on and others we should be looking to try to bringing in”.

In advance of tomorrow’s match, the club have announced that Jake Blair has been released.

As a result of today’s disastrous result in Glasgow which saw the club all but mathematically relegated, a board meeting was hastily convened at New Home Park once the team arrived home.

Following the meeting, the following statement was read out by the Chairman:

“In light of the recent downturn in fortunes for the club, the Board of Directors of Brook Street Athletic Football Club have been conducting a review of the current status of the first team.

Following this process and discussions with the Coach, the Board have decided unanimously that a change of direction is required and that regrettably Eskild Boghølm will be leaving his position as Coach by mutual consent. We wish to thank him for his dedication and hard work both as player and coach in his fourteen seasons with us. His professional character, devotion and conduct were impeccable.

The Board has also decided to appoint Arjen Bogaert as the team’s new coach. Changing coaches is always a hard decision to make, however we are certain that now is the right time to do so, and give the whole team a boost. Difficult times may lay ahead for the club, but as a Board, we are convinced that Arjen is the right man to lead the team forward, and he will be joining us with immediate effect”.

Brook Street fought back to earn a creditable 1-1 draw with Fosters in Norway yesterday, Al Caird’s strike cancelling out Lui Eskerod’s earlier goal.

Despite being put under considerable pressure for long spells, the Brook Street defence held firm which pleased coach Eskild Boghølm.

“We rode our luck at times, but the lads played out of their skins and I think their efforts merited the draw”.

The match also saw teenagers Greg Folster, Jake Blair, Jake MacConnechy and Blane Barfield gain much needed match experience.

“They all did well, and will benefit from games like these”, said the coach.

Brook Street surprised everyone last night by selling Charlie Greusach and Jarno Vekeman for a combined fee of around £1.5 M.

Charlie moved to Venezuelan División V side sayre for just over £565,500, while Jarno joined S:A:F:T Reunited in Danish Series VI for £930,000.

Commenting on the departures from the team hotel in Norway, the coach said, “We’re looking to move players on and freshen things up a bit”.

He continued, “Jarno has been a great player for us, but he was a high wage earner and at his stage of career, we felt we had no option but to try to make some money on his transfer before his value started to drop.

Charlie was approaching 28 and still hadn’t established himself in the first team, having come through from the Academy. With a number of good young players coming through the youth ranks, we felt we had to make room for them”.

The coach however refuted the almost certain speculation that the club were cutting back in preparation for relegation.

“No, that’s simply not the case. It may appear that way to some individuals, but there are still higher wage-earners on the books than those two players. Some people are always looking for an ulterior motive or conspiracy theories, but this is a transparent case of moving players on”.

He continued, “I’m sure the reasoning behind the decision won’t stop the speculation, but some people simply won’t listen”.




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