Spencer Day: I'm committed to FarnboroughBy Jon Couch
October 11, 2012
SOUGHT-AFTER Spencer Day admits he is unsure of his future as Farnborough manager – but insists the club still has his undivided attention.
Day’s tenure as Boro boss was thrown into the spotlight after the club issued an unusual statement on Friday admitting it had received official approaches from two clubs to speak to their chairman/manager with regards to filling their managerial vacancies.
Day took over at Cherrywood Road following the departure of Garry Haylock 11 months ago and became an instant hit with the Boro faithful after re-shaping an ailing team and preserving the club's Blue Square South status against all odds.
But his success has also alerted rivals clubs with well-backed Havant & Waterlooville among those linked with an approach for the former Chertsey Town chief.
The carefully-worded statement was posted three days after Day enjoyed, arguably, his best result as Boro boss – a 6-2 victory over big-spending Eastleigh last Tuesday night – and ahead of a free weekend.
But despite the uncertainty, Day insists his heart remains at Farnborough and says his focus remains solely on claiming three points at home to Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.
“I was informed of one approach a couple of weeks ago and spoken to another recently,” he explained. “It’s football, it happens. Players get approached as do managers and these clubs have gone about things the right way.
“But I am the Farnborough manager, that’s where I am, until somebody tells me differently or makes me a phenomenal offer then that’s the way it will be.
“Football is about people moving around and it’s the time of year for gossip, but I’ve made it very clear that I'm loving it here. It's still a challenge here without a shadow of a doubt, but I am ambitious and if a side at a higher level or somebody who can change my personal situation, which is so dire at the moment, then I will have to consider it like lots of people do in their lives.
“It’s not something that I particular sought out, and it's flattering, but my job here at the moment is to deal with Farnborough and it’s got my undivided attention. All I am interested in right now is beating Tonbridge on Saturday.
“Farnborough is one of the biggest clubs in this division, certainly with the infrastructure it has got, and I am solely concentrating on Farnborough until somebody offers me something which is, arguably, too good to turn down. I’ve got a very serious financial situation in my life and I am ambitious.”
Day also admitted he is on the verge of making another big signing at Cherrywood Road this week, although he is not likely to be available until, ironically, the trip to Havant & Waterlooville next Saturday.
In the meantime, Day is preparing his in-form team for the visit of an Angels side, who are unbeaten in eight games.
He will also be hoping that he doesn't have to endure a repeat of the defensive debacle which culminated in a 4-3 home defeat to league rivals Basingstoke Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
Day made eight changes from the side which rolled over Eastleigh seven days previous, and his new-look back line suddenly found themselves breached three times in the opening 34 minutes with Chris Paterson, Shaun McAuley and Jordace Holder-Spooner all on target.
Dave Tarpey pulled a goal back from the penalty spot just before the break only for McAuley to restore the three-goal advantage with a cool finish. But Boro finished the stronger and goals from the returning Serge Makofo and substitute Dan Bennett set up an exciting finale, but the hosts just couldn't find an equaliser.
"We made eight changes and it showed in the first half as our defending was diabolical," Day surmised. "There wasn't much between the teams except we gave away three shockingly bad goals. They were though hanging on at the end which is credit to us.
“It's given us opportunity to look at different players and it's answered a lot of questions so there are some positives to take out of it.”
FARNBOROUGH: Norris, Salami, Moody, Bosch, Day, Huggins (Smith 45), Jones, Long, Merriman (Fraser 45), Tarpey (Bennett 73), Makofo. Subs: Inns, Bradshaw.
Ref: Daniel Cook. Att: 170.