Pike on Shots radar

Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike
Gosport Borough manager Alex Pike
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Alex Pike has confirmed he has submitted his CV for the vacant manager’s position at Aldershot Town.

The Gosport Borough boss was contacted by a representative of the Vanarama Conference Premier outfit encouraging him to make an application in the wake of Andy Scott’s recent dismissal.

Former Pompey boss Richie Barker’s brother Chris is currently in caretaker charge of the club, who are hovering just three places above the relegation zone.

But Barker has already stated he believes he is not experienced enough to do the job full-time yet.

Around 120 applications have already been made for the position and the club’s directors are in the process of forming their shortlist.

But while Pike insists he is happy at Privett Park, he admits his long-held ambition to manage in the Football League is behind his decision to apply.

‘I was asked to put my CV in and I have done that,’ said Pike.

‘Someone connected to the club advised me to do it. Of course I am extremely happy where I am but it’s all about ambition.

‘Gosport Borough have got me where I am today.

‘But I always tell my players to have the ambition to play at the highest possible level.

‘So why shouldn’t I follow that same advice?

‘I don’t know if I will be on the shortlist and I’ve never had an interview before. I haven’t heard anything since so we will just see what happens.’

Pike’s side host Bashley in the Russell Cotes Cup quarter-final tonight (7.45pm) and although he will make several changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Ebbsfleet at the weekend, he will be taking the tie seriously.

He said: ‘It is a useful competition for me. It means I can give game time to players who have been sitting on the bench or on the fringe of the squad.

‘And that means it’s an opportunity for them to show me what they can do.

‘I never participate in a nothing competition and it won’t be treated that way by me or my players.

‘It can be used as weight of argument to get players into the team.

‘So the lads who were on the bench at the weekend will all start.’

Among those will be skipper Sam Pearce, who has served his two-match suspension.

Goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore, who signed a new contract which ties him to the club until the end of the 2017 season, will also play.

His deputy and the club’s goalkeeping coach, Wayne Shaw, left the club last week to return to Sutton United.

Pike added: ‘Wayne Shaw has left the club. He decided that he would speak to Sutton United last week and hasn’t been with us since.

‘Paul Doswell (Sutton manager) told me he wanted to take him back. I spoke to Wayne who told me he wasn’t interested.

‘But he phoned me back that evening and told me he’d changed his mind.

‘Whenever there have been disputes with players, he is the one banging the professionalism and loyalty drum.

‘So we are now looking for a new goalkeeping coach.’

Meanwhile, Borough have been drawn away at Farnborough in their Hampshire Senior Cup semi-final on March 3.

AFC Bournemouth host Sholing in the other tie.