Darr wants Newham to try and get ‘good feeling’ back

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 April 2016

Steve Willis heads home Barking's second goal against Newham (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Steve Willis heads home Barking's second goal against Newham (pic: Terry Gilbert)


East Londoners likely to have relegation confirmed this weekend

While it is still mathematically possible for Newham to move off the bottom of the Essex Senior League table, manager Shamrez Darr admits relegation looks likely.

After Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at local rivals Barking, the east Londoners are on 21 points, nine adrift of Waltham Forest with only three more league fixtures left.

Forest have a goal difference of minus 34, though, and Newham minus-61 so the end is near. Relegation hasn’t generally been a punishment for a club finishing bottom of the Essex Senior League before, but it seems that will change this year.

Darr’s men could join the Essex Olympian League and he admits it might help in the long run. He said: “It would be a chance to regroup if we did suffer relegation and an opportunity to get good habits back like winning.

“We have got results every now and then this season, but never consistently and going down might help us get a good feeling back. I’m not sure what the plans are for next season.

“Normally nobody is relegated, but this year it has always been talked about. If it does happen, I’d still like to be involved at the club.”

Darr’s affiliation with Newham, formerly named London APSA, goes back as far as 2008 and he was assistant manager to Zakir Hussain last season.

He took over the top job this season with joint boss Kevin Lucas, who left midway through the campaign, and it has been tough.

Arif Ahmed come in to help Darr as assistant, but the Newham boss has had to juggle managerial life alongside work commitments.

He added: “I’ve been here as a player for quite I while. I did leave for a period to play in the Ryman, but returned when I hit 30.

“I was assistant to Zakir last season and manager this year. When you’re running a non-league club with no money you don’t realise how much you have to do.

“It takes up so much time, but I’m hoping to stay and help out in any way I can next year. If that is somebody else coming in to take charge and me playing, or me carrying on as manager of the club. I don’t mind.

“This experience will hold me in good stead and I’ll look to help the club in anyway I can next season.”

Newham travel to Eton Manor on Saturday for their last away match of the campaign. They will be looking to bounce back following two heavy defeats in April against local rivals.

Vlad Sighiartau’s goal was only a consolation in a 4-1 defeat at Barking on Saturday, following a thumping 7-1 home loss to Ilford at Tilbury last Tuesday, when Akil Clarke struck.

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