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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Senior strikers to take charge at Bognor
CHIPPENHAM Town chairman Neil Blackmore has confirmed that senior strikers Alan Griffin and Lee Phillips will take charge of the Bluebirds for their FA Trophy second qualifying trip to Bognor Regis Town tomorrow.
Chippenham captain Griffin, 30, and fellow striker Phillips, 33, will be assisted by u18s manager Nigel Tripp, who stood in the dugout for the Bluebirds in the first two games of the season whilst former bosses Nathan Rudge and Steve Winter were banned.
Blackmore, who met with the Chippenham players last night to explain the reason's behind Winter's sacking on Wednesday night, said: “Griff and Phillo will be taking the team. We spoke at length last night about what we wanted to do in terms of the side and the formation.
“Nigel Tripp will be helping out by being in the dugout but I want to make it clear that he's not the caretaker manager – Griff and Phillo will be in charge but the players know Nigel and he's doing a favour for me.”
Blackmore also revealed the defender Greg Tindle, who was shown a straight red card in Tuesday night's infamous 9-0 defeat to Stourbridge, has been suspended by the club.
The Hardenhuish Park chairman is adamant that his side's disciplinary record cannot continue to be tarnished.
“Greg has been suspended for a week, pending an internal investigaion. I know that some fans might turn around and say 'what are you doing?' but I sat down with all of the players at the start of the season and told them that our disciplinary record had to improve,” said Blackmore.
“I had to go a hearing with the FA, where the clubs with the five worst records are made to explain what they're going to do about it, and I was told that our record was one of the worst in the country.
“I know that Greg puts his heart and soul on the line out there but there's a fine line between passion and transgressing the rules. I always remember Rudgey telling me that the rules haven't changed but the interpretation has and you just can't show your studs anymore.
“All of the players have been told in no uncertain terms that if they continue to show indiscipline, they'll be asked to leave the club.”
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