Former Arsenal midfielder and Cards legend Ian Selley reckons Woking need to keep boss Alan Dowson “happy” to make sure they hang on to him as manager.

Now 45, and back in the UK after seven years in Dubai running Arsenal’s Academy, Selley joined Chertsey Town on the coaching staff last month and keeps in regular contact with Dowson who he has nothing but admiration for.

Selley thinks the Cards boss is pivotal to the club’s chances of making it to the Football League and believes caution, as well as talk of the new ground, may have left the manager slightly hamstrung.

He still believes they can make the play-offs and hopes new investment can be found to help the club make that next step.

“I’d like to think they’ll get in the play-offs this season,” he said. “I speak to Dowse a couple of times a week and I know budget restraints are against him and there is a lot of talk about the new ground.

“In Dowse they have someone who is so committed and he will do the best he can and do whatever it takes.”

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