CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Manager's job a tough call for Chippenham chairman (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Manager's job a tough call for Chippenham chairman
CHIPPENHAM Town chairman Neil Blackmore admits that choosing his next manager is proving to be an even harder decision than he first expected.
The Bluebirds are in the midst of their hunt for a new chief to succeed Nathan Rudge and prospective new bosses have until Monday to submit their applications for the Hardenhuish Park hotseat.
But Blackmore says that his task has been made all the more difficult by the Bluebirds players' desire to see caretaker manager Steve Winter, who presided over last weekend's wins over Hitchin Town and Frome Town, and today's defeat to AFC Totton, given the nod.
“I've had conversations with the players and they're telling me that I shouldn't be looking for a new manager – they're backing Steve,” said Blackmore.
“But it still has to the be the person that's going to bring the most to the club and we won't know that until we sit down with people.
“Last week, most of what I've had was people expressing their interest but to date, I've had 14 applications. A few people have spoken to me and I've asked for their CVs and some have just given me full applications to reply our advert.
“We've had people from a higher level, people from below and everything inbetween.
“It's really looking like it's going to be much tougher decision than I was expecting it to be.”
The Bluebirds board will be meeting in the week commencing Monday September 9 to draw up a shortlist of candidates.
Chairman Blackmore also confirmed that former Chippenham and Frome Town manager Darren Perrin hasn't submitted an application for the vacant managers' role.
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