WINDSOR Chairman Kevin Stott believes Luke Brooks-Smith is a strong candidate for the vacant role as manager after the decision from Mick Woodham to resign, writes Rob Stevens.

Ex-boss

Woodham resigned from the post at Stag Meadow

earlier this week in an attempt to recharge his batteries and focus on life away from football.

He had been in charge of the club for over eight years and managed more than 400 games. His successes include four top-six league finishes, reaching the quarter-final in the FA Vase, a league cup final and two Berks & Bucks Trophy wins.

Stott, who is also the founding director of Windsor Football Club, explains he emphasis with Woodham and knows what a hard decision it would have been for him to take.

Stott will now meet with

Brooks-Smith

, who has been given the role of interim manager and took charge of Windsor for the first two matches of the new season, to discuss any potential appointment. The Observer understands a meeting between the two took place today (Wednesday).

Stott told the Observer: “The timing isn’t perfect but from Mick’s perspective you can’t predict when challenges are going to happen in your personal life.

“It’s certainly not what we envisaged would happen at the start of the season but you just have to role with the punches really and that’s what we’ve done.

“I emphasise with Mick but at any level in modern day football eight years is a long time. I absolutely know it was a decision he didn’t take lightly.

“Everyone has been respectful to Mick and his decision and tried to get on with the job. The likes of Dan Birchmore, Alan King and Malcolm Williams have just got on with their jobs and I feel privileged to have those sorts of people around me.

“Mick will always be welcome back because he has been a large part in our young history. It would be totally inappropriate for him not to be invited back but at this moment he just needs space and time.”

The Chairman continued: “To promote from within is a philosophy I’ve had my whole life and Luke is clearly a strong candidate for the role

“He has to work out if it will fit into his life. He hasn’t done it before so it’s a big consideration for him – how will it fit into his professional and personal life?

“I’ve been impressed with how Luke handled the first two games. He’s been very organised, held it together and brought in players when we needed them.

“He took on a challenge but the atmosphere has been brilliant plus the energy has been constructive and positive.

“Luke can be enormously proud with how he’s conducted himself but he needs to think about how it’ll fit into the bigger life picture.”

Stott added: “I’ve been approached by five different people already in the past 24 hours but we will give it a week and see where we stand.

“I’m already encouraged that people have come forward that are entirely qualified and want to join the football club.”

Windsor suffered defeats in their first two league matches of the new season for the first time in more than eight years when a 1-0 loss at Binfield in midweek followed a 5-0 hammering at Westfields last weekend.

The Stag Meadow-based club are now preparing to open their FA Cup campaign with a home tie in the extra preliminary round against Hellenic League rivals Reading City this Saturday (3pm).