Paul Barnes has been named as Guildford City’s new manager.

Barnes was confirmed on Sunday as leaving his role as Staines Town boss, opting to step down with the team 2nd in the Isthmian South Central Division.

On taking the reins now at the Combined Counties Premier Division club, the former Greenwich Borough manager said: “I am extremely excited and proud to be joining Guildford City FC, a club with such history and prominence in the local community. I saw firsthand the magnificent support the club has when we played each other in this year’s FA Cup.

“I have also quickly discovered it has great people dedicated to helping the club achieve its goals and some very exciting plans for the future ahead. Our aim is to help create a professional environment, utilising technology and modern tools, along with a forward-thinking coaching philosophy to aid player development and performance.

“It is an exciting time for all involved and anyone connected to Guildford City FC, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Chairman David Knight added: “We are very happy to welcome a manager of the calibre of Paul Barnes. With an exciting restructure of the club pending at the end of the season, we are delighted to have attracted such a go-ahead, young manager to the club.”

Barnes takes over a side currently 19th in the league table, with four points from their nine games.

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