Alex Pike has revealed there is no guarantee he will be in charge of Gosport Borough again next season after guiding them to their highest league finish in the club’s history.
The Borough boss saw his side complete a league double over Vanarama Conference South champions Bromley with a deserved 2-1 success to seal sixth place – just three points adrift of the final play-off position.
A classy first-half strike from Matt Paterson put Borough ahead before Adam Wilde added a well-worked second after the break, which ensured a stoppage-time free-kick from Anthony Cook was a mere consolation.
The impressive campaign should pave the way for further Borough progress next season.
But Pike’s post-match comments suggested there may be some weight to rumours of a move away from Privett Park.
There was plenty of talk about him being a target for Aldershot earlier in the season, Ebbsfleet have recently sacked their manager and there are also suggestions that ambitious AFC Totton are keen to recruit him to lead a charge through the divisions.
Pike declined to comment on any specific approach but said: ‘It’s nice to finish with a win and you never know, it could be my last league game here.
‘I haven’t been re-engaged by the chairman for next season and there are a lot of exciting projects in the area and beyond.
‘I have been here for 10 years and there are other challenges coming up in the area that I am aware of and been asked about.
‘I love it here at Gosport but sometimes, you have to know when your sell-by date is.’
I love it here at Gosport but sometimes, you have to know when your sell-by date isAlex Pike
Although around 300 Bromley fans were in party mood, the game lacked that edge of intensity that comes when there is more at stake.
But Justin Bennett – who missed out on the golden boot by one goal after Lee Angol scored for Boreham Wood – added to to his assist tally when he teed up Paterson, who showed his quality with a first-time shot that flashed into the far corner from the edge of the box.
Wilde added the second just past the hour mark after good work from Bennett and Paterson just as the Bromley fans had set off on a celebration conga with the trophy.
The new champions didn’t seem to be at full tilt with their job already done but that takes nothing away from Borough’s highly-impressive performance.
Pike said: ‘Even if some people might argue that they weren’t at it, we beat them 3-0 when they were at it earlier in the season.
‘We’ve shown we can compete, we’ve got some players at this club who can play above this level and that’s what you want to try to get promoted.
‘The movement of the front two was brilliant and the first goal was far above this level of football.
‘We’ve got to take stock and if I am here next season, we need to strengthen in the right areas.
‘To beat the champions and take six points off them is fine in one way, but it’s disappointing we fell that little bit short.
‘Of course, you look back at some of those games we lost but any team will do that in our position.’
GOSPORT BOROUGH: Ashmore, Robinson, Pearce, Poate, Williams, Carter, Smith (Wooden, 68), Dunford (Wort, 85), Wilde (Ramsey, 68), Paterson, Bennett. Subs not used: Saez, Forbes