12:00 12 March 2022

Weston AFC have announced that manager Scott Bartlett has signed a new long-term contract.

Bartlett returned to the Seagulls for his second stint as manager in May 2019, leaving his role as academy manager at Forest Green Rovers, having been in charge from October 2016 to June 2017.

During his two spells as manager of Optima Stadium, he oversaw 129 games, winning 61, drawing 22 and losing 46, with 234 goals scored during that span.

“It’s great for the club to have been able to extend Scott’s contract,” chief executive Oli Bliss told the club’s website.

“He has built a solid workforce and a great management team to allow the Club to progress.

“Results have improved over the season and it depends on the stability of everyone involved.”

Scott Bartlett oversaw 129 games, winning 61, drawing 22 and losing 46 during his two spells as Weston AFC manager.
– Credit: Will.T. Photography

Bartlett played for Cirencester Town, Salisbury City, Bath City and Forest Green Rovers as well as a year with the Seagulls between February 2009 and February 2010.

After retiring in August 2011, due to a knee injury, Bartlett became manager with Rovers, having two spells as caretaker manager and was academy manager.

And Bartlett led his side to Wembley for the 2016 National League play-off final, which ended in defeat to Grimsby Town before moving to BS24 three years ago, ending his nine-year stay at the New Lawn.

“To be honest, it was the quickest conversation,” he added.

“I am happy here, my children, my family and my friends love the Club and I work with incredible people.

“The players give me everything and are so loyal. On top of that, we have a fantastic fanbase supporting us.

“We’re ambitious and it’s a fantastic place to work. In life, if you are happy with what you have, you have to give it your all to keep it going.

“The staff are fantastic and for the first time we have back office infrastructure to match the facilities that can help drive the club forward.

“The club is ambitious, the relationship between everyone, the board, the staff, the supporters and myself is important to me.

“From a personal perspective, communication is key and apart from the final team selection, every decision is taken together and therefore we are developing all areas of the club reasonably and steadily.

“It’s a privilege to be manager of Weston AFC and may it continue for a long time.”