Club Statement: Barry Smith

Aldershot Town have accepted manager Barry Smith’s decision to not renew his contract for the 2016-17 season.

Barry will take charge of The Shots in Saturday’s final National League fixture of the season against Bromley and then leave the Club for personal and family reasons.

“I am very grateful that the Board of Directors have shown such confidence in me, and wanted me to extend my contract for next season, but I had to make a decision for my family,” explained Barry, who informed the Board of his plans on Friday. “The Board have given me their full backing throughout the season but also have understood why I needed to make this decision to return to Scotland.

“I am, though, totally focussed on getting a result against Bromley this weekend.”

Chairman Shahid Azeem said: “I would like to thank Barry for his honesty in making what must have been a very difficult decision. We are sorry to lose him but recognise that some things are more important than football. I have the utmost respect for Barry, as someone who is totally dedicated to his work and both ethical and honest in everything he does. He completely bought into this Club last summer, and what we were trying to achieve, and made a big commitment in moving to the area with his wife and young son.

“On behalf of everybody at Aldershot Town, I wish Barry and his family the very best for the future.”

A full interview with Barry will be on ShotsTV later today.