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CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Winter's joy at Bluebirds nod
NEW Chippenham Town manager Steve Winter says that he's delighted to have been handed the reins at Hardenhuish Park and is hoping that his appointment lifts a weight off the shoulders of his players.
The 39-year-old, who had spells at Torquay United and Tiverton Town as a player, had been the Bluebirds' caretaker chief for almost a month following the departure of Nathan Rudge but after receiving several votes of confidence from his squad, the new Chippenham boss beat a host of other candidates to land the job on a permanent basis.
Winter's assistant manager will be Adam Tudor, who has been a part of the Bluebirds coaching team during the last month, and the new man in charge at Hardenhuish Park is hoping for a positive start to his reign when his side host Bedford Town in the Calor League Premier Division this weekend.
“All I've had for the last few weeks from people has been 'have you got the job?' and I've always had to say that I couldn't tell them so it's a massive weight off my shoulders, and hopefully the players' shoulders too,” said Winter.
“I'm obviously delighted that the football club have given me the opportunity to do good things. We're a club that want to go places and I'm looking forward to giving it a right go.
“I need to say thanks to Adam Tudor because he's been brilliant for me this last month. I've known him a long time and I've always said that if I got another job in management, he'd be my man because he's very intelligent and he knows his football.
“I think it's no secret that our squad is a bit thin in places and I'll be looking to bring in a few more players if I can.
“I had a good career as a player and hopefully my management one can be as successful.”
Chairman Neil Blackmore and the Bluebirds board have been conducting interviews with potential new managers this week and were initially planning on announcing their appointment tomorrow.
Blackmore said: “I'd made my decision and we decided that there was no point in hanging around until tomorrow to announce it.
“It was really tough because there was nothing between the candidates and I've spoken to the guys that didn't get the job to explain my reasons to them, which they were fine with.
“Steve had only been with the club a fortnight before Nathan left and he could have easily walked away and left us in the mire but he struck with it and he's done well with the side for this last month.
“I think it's only fair that he gets a fair crack of the whip to put his stamp on the side and get them playing his style of football.
“I want to see the fans get behind him and hopefully we can now kick on with our season.”
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