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Gary Norton looks to commit more time to Gresley in the near future

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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GRESLEY boss Gary Norton was last night meeting with his bosses at Rolls-Royce to find a way to commit more time to the club.

The long-serving manager has not spent as much time as he would like at the Moat Ground this season due to work commitments.

And in the wake of a fifth home defeat on the bounce in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South, Norton is desperate to get more involved and see his side back on track

“I’m having talks with work about getting that balance with work and football,” he said. “There’s no way I’m sitting through 90 minutes like that again ­— we need to get back on track.

“The joint manager thing (with Martin Rowe) was to help me stay involved.

“Having got the club back to the level, I think I deserve an opportunity to be involved this season.

“The dip in form recently has coincided with me not being there as much and so I’ll see what can be done.”

Gresley host Leek Town tonight, kick-off 7.45pm, badly needing a win if they are to stay in play-off contention following back-to-back promotions.

While the Moatmen are clearly punching above their weight on their return to the level they were at before demotion and the reformation of the club, Norton wants his side to get back on track.

“It’s a startling stat that we’ve lost five on the spin at home,” he said.

“We have got to improve that. The performance on Saturday was totally unacceptable.”

Gresley slid to a depressing 1-0 home defeat to struggling Romulus, with Phil Massingham getting sent off.

“On another day we would’ve won 1-0 and people would’ve said it was the sign of a decent team,” said Norton. “I don’t think Gary (Hateley) had to make a save from open play.

“But we didn’t work hard enough to close them down.”

Jordan Nadat is still suspended tonight.

GRESLEY FROM: Hateley, Barrett, Strzyzewski, Nottingham, Gough, Holmes, Jepson, Rathbone, Goodfellow, Turville, Hamilton, Roome, Woods, Walker, Lyons, Massingham, Hanslow.

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