Corby part company with manager Wright

Tommy Wright watches on during what proved to be his last game in charge of Corby Town. The club have parted company with the manager following the 2-1 loss to Ilkeston yesterday. Picture by Alison Bagley
Tommy Wright watches on during what proved to be his last game in charge of Corby Town. The club have parted company with the manager following the 2-1 loss to Ilkeston yesterday. Picture by Alison Bagley
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Tommy Wright has left Corby Town with immediate effect.

The new was confirmed this evening (Sunday) by Steelmen chairman Stevie Noble who admitted the decision was made with “a heavy heart”.

Wright’s assistant, Eddie Johnson, will take charge of Corby for tomorrow night’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division clash at Hednesford Town as they look to halt a run of four straight defeats.

The 2-1 home loss to Ilkeston at Steel Park on Saturday left the Steelmen second-from-bottom in the table.

Wright said after the game that he was “fighting for his job” but the axe has now fallen, bringing an end to his time at the club where he was also head of the academy.

And Noble said: “To be honest, I have a lot of time for the lad. He’s done a lot of good work for the club.

“Clearly, last season in the National League North it was a step too far and we tried to put things in place for this season.

“We have got massive ambitions for the club, there a lot happening on and off the pitch and Tommy has been involved in that.

“But the performance of the first-team hasn’t been good enough. Tommy told us to give him 10 games and we gave him more than that but I think the time has come to part company.

“The fans have stood by the club, we are still getting good crowds but we don’t want to be involved in a relegation battle.

“We need results now and we need someone who can deliver those results.

“Tommy has been a great servant and the decision has been made with a heavy heart.

“But the football club will be here long after I am gone and Tommy is gone and sometimes these decisions have to be made.”

Wright initially joined Corby as joint-manager alongside Andrew Wilson but took sole charge in the summer of 2014 following a takeover at the club by a local consortium, which appointed Noble as chairman.

His first season ended in an incredible final-day Southern League Premier Division title success as Corby won 3-2 at Poole Town to clinch the crown.

But the following season proved to be one of struggle as the Steelmen were unable to adjust to life in the Vanarama National League North before being decisively relegated.

A change in approach followed in the summer this year as the club moved to a younger crop of players training during the day but wins have been hard to come by with just one from 12 league matches so far.