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Is Borg on the brink?

Shots boss set for head-to-head with chairman over his future

GEORGE Borg's future as manager of Aldershot Town Football Club hangs in the balance this week after being sworn in for a second meeting with chairman Karl Prentice.

The big two will meet face to face again at a date and time unknown to discuss the long-term future of the club - and maybe even Borg's tenure in the hot seat.

Mr Prentice set up the meeting after he and his board of directors gathered to discuss the matter at midday on Saturday, just three hours before the Shots kicked off their Ryman premier division fixture with Chesham United.

The Shots won 1-0 on the day with a steady performance, but it still may not be enough to save Borg from the chop.

Mr Prentice and his directors have remained tight-lipped about the affair all the weekend but it seems certain now that a decision one way or another will be made this week.

Borg, naturally, is waiting with bated breath, not knowing whether to start preparations for the big FA Trophy visit to Forest Green Rovers on Sunday and adamant he has done nothing but good in his four years at the club.

Saturday's game was probably played under the biggest pressure of Borg's time in charge with the outcome of the lunchtime meeting unknown and fans once again venting their anger on the terraces, backed by a 30ft banner stating: "Borg Must Go."

Mr Prentice and his board also took stick for the first time as the situation boiled over.

Speaking after Saturday's victory, Borg said: "I know the board of directors had a meeting to do but I don't know what it was about, it might have been a vote of confidence or I could be sacked tomorrow, I just don't know. Talk about pressure.

"I've done a great job for this club, I make money for this club and I don't overspend. We came within a whisker of knocking out Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup and they've now beaten Derby in the third round, so we can't be that far off. We could end up with 102 points and that's not bad going. We're out of just one cup - the FA Cup - and we're doing well in the league.

"I don't know why these 50/60 fans on the East Bank pay their money to come and watch us in a top of the table clash, give the ghost up because Canvey are going so well, and mock us.

"I'll tell you now, there's no better manager out there than me and I will continue to do my job until I'm told by the chairman that it's time to go."

Mr Prentice refused to comment any further on the latest situation, only to confirm that a meeting was taking place this week and that he "wanted to do what was best in the interests of the football club."


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