Pike waits on Borough talks

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike
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Alex Pike revealed his Gosport Borough future is still up in the air as he waits for more talks with chairman Mark Hook.

The Borough boss led the club to a very respectable mid-table finish in Skrill South and the FA Trophy final at Wembley after overseeing two consecutive promotions in the past two years.

But those exploits have seen him become the subject of interest from two clubs since the end of the season with Skrill Premier outfit, Aldershot Town, one of those to make a tentative enquiry.

After recent discussions with Hook and being handed an increased playing budget, Pike now looks likely to stay put at Privett Park – if an agreement can be reached for himself and assistant Mick Catlin.

But Pike believes his chairman has taken it for granted that he will stay before his own deal has been struck.

Pike said: ‘I haven’t sorted out a deal for next season for myself.

‘I think the chairman might think it’s all done and dusted that I’m staying because he has agreed the budget.

‘I’m ambitious and I want to manage at the highest level I possibly can. If that’s with Gosport, then so be it.

‘Gosport is a family club and there is an element of trust and loyalty.

‘But sometimes that trust and loyalty is abused.

‘Rather than being professional and getting things sorted out, it all seems to be taken for granted.

‘Myself and Cats (Catlin) haven’t had a deal sorted out yet.

‘We have never come down to discuss a personal deal.

‘Everything is carrying on as if Cats and I will be there next season and we need to put things in place.

‘I’ve been speaking to players and trying to sort out deals but there’s no way I will sort those out unless I know what I’m doing myself.

‘So it will come to a head in the next couple of days.’

While Pike refused to confirm which clubs had shown an interest in his services, he insisted he would not enter into any further negotiations with any club when managers are already in the job.

Andy Scott is in charge at Aldershot who avoided relegation, despite a 10-point deduction imposed on them at the start of the season after entering administration last term.

Some clubs choose to make contingency plans before they make a change of manager but Pike has now distanced himself after being the subject of two informal approaches.

He said: ‘Things are done differently at the higher levels.

‘I find it strange that chairmen will talk to other managers, while they have already got a manager in place.

‘That doesn’t sit easy with me.

‘Maybe I am old-fashioned but I wouldn’t like it if it was done to me and the Gosport chairman was talking to other managers behind my back.

‘To be fair, both contacts were made by another party.

‘And I have never applied for a football job in my life.

‘A chairman should head-hunt who he wants to work with.

‘To a certain extent, I can understand why chairmen put feelers out but it still doesn’t sit easy with me.

‘So I won’t speak to clubs if there is a manager already in place.

‘I’ve never stabbed anyone in the back and have no intention of doing that now.’