Sammy Donnelly believes Darren Freeman has a great future as a coach.

Former Albion striker Freeman was released from his player-coach role at Three Bridges this week.

Manager Donnelly decided to let Freeman go after he was sent off during last Saturday's 4-0 drubbing by Worthing United in County League division one.

However, the Bridges chief decided against retaining Freeman as a player but insists he still as a lot to offer in a non-playing role, albeit not at Jubilee Field.

He said: "Darren should concentrate on his coaching career rather than his playing career. That is where his future lies.

"I have found him to be a first class coach. I believe he has a future in the professional game, not just in non-league, and I have asked him to concentrate on that.

"Playing at this level is doing Darren no favours."

Last Saturday's defeat increased the pressure on Donnelly, whose side have won just once in the league this season.

But Donnelly revealed he has the backing of the committee to turn things round and he intends to do that by shaking up his squad.

Donnelly moved last night to sign defender Glen Matten on loan from Crawley and has also extended the loan of Crawley's Steve Causon until the end of the season.