Right job at the wrong time for Brett Marshall

Brett Marshall
Brett Marshall

The Gainsborough Trinity chairman role is the ‘right job, at the wrong time’ for Brett Marshall.

The former Retford United boss, currently chairman at Clipstone, was offered the chance to replace Peter Swann on the Northolme, but turned it down.

Speaking to the Standard, he described the decision as a tough one, and encouraged Blues supporters to get behind their club.

“It was the right job, at the wrong time for me,” he said.

“You don’t get the chance to get involved with a Conference North club every week.”

“It came as a bit of a shock to be asked, and there was a lot to consider.”

“I had to take my current job, which has me on the road, my family and my commitments at Clipstone into consideration.”

After taking a few days to think it over, Marshall decided he couldn’t give the job enough of his time.

“The decision wasn’t taken lightly, I probably won’t get an opportunity like it again.”

“But I said to Peter Swann, if I can only offer 99 per cent then it won’t be good for me, and more importantly it won’t be good for Gainsborough Trinity.”

“I know I could do the job very easily, making sure the ins are higher than the outs, opening up a network of Nottinghamshire players and supporting the manager, but I don’t think I could have committed to it totally, and that wouldn’t be fair.”

Marshall believes that supporters can play their part at Trinity, in keeping the club in rude health.

“More than ever they need hands on deck, other avenues of income.”

“They’ve got a great manager and what he needs is supporters who work with him and be patient, the last thing they need is crowds going down.”

“I wish Peter and Karin Swann all the best at Scunthorpe, and I wish Gainsborough Trinity all the best.”

“I’m sure they will be fine.”

Trinity secretary Pete Wallace confirmed that the club would continue to look for a new leader.

“Brett was approached, but he’s come back and turned it down, so the hunt goes on.”

“The club is just running as it was before, but we’re still actively looking for a chairman to come in.”

“Peter Swann has moved on, it’s lucky perhaps that it’s the end of the season, but there’s no problem with the running of the club,” he added.