I’m fighting for my job, admits Steelmen boss Tommy

Liam Marshall and the Corby Town players show their disappointment following the 2-1 loss to Ilkeston Town, which has left boss Tommy Wright fighting for his job. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Liam Marshall and the Corby Town players show their disappointment following the 2-1 loss to Ilkeston Town, which has left boss Tommy Wright fighting for his job. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Tommy Wright says he is “fighting for his job” after Corby Town’s season hit a new low.

The Steelmen sunk to second-from-bottom in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division following their 2-1 defeat to Ilkeston at Steel Park - their fourth loss in a row.

Steelmen goalkeeper Aidan Grant is left in a heap as Ben Morris' deflected shot finds the net to secure Ilkeston's 2-1 win at Steel Park

Steelmen goalkeeper Aidan Grant is left in a heap as Ben Morris' deflected shot finds the net to secure Ilkeston's 2-1 win at Steel Park

Only goals scored are separating Corby’s team from the foot of the table, a position still occupied by Ilkeston who have played four less games.

Wright’s future at Steel Park now appears to be hanging in the balance after a calendar year that has seen the Steelmen win just two league matches, suffer relegation from the Vanarama National League North and struggle at a lower level.

The manager held an hour-long meeting with chairman Stevie Noble immediately after Saturday’s game during which he was asked whether he believes he can turn things around.

It was later confirmed that Wright will remain in charge for Monday’s trip to fifth-placed Hednesford Town.

Aidan Grant saves Rory Coleman's penalty but the Ilkeston player reacted quickest to score from the rebound

Aidan Grant saves Rory Coleman's penalty but the Ilkeston player reacted quickest to score from the rebound

But the manager insists he is under no illusions after calls for him to be sacked increased from the Steelmen faithful.

“I said to the board on Thursday morning (after Wednesday’s loss to Stourbridge) that if I lost the game this weekend then I would sack me,” Wright said.

“We have lost the game. I didn’t expect that to have happen and we shouldn’t have done but we have.

“I had an hour lock-in with the chairman and one of the directors after the game and they asked me whether I can turn it around.

Connor Kennedy, Danny Draper and goalkeeper Aidan Grant show their disappointment following Ilkeston's equaliser in Corby Town's 2-1 loss at Steel Park

Connor Kennedy, Danny Draper and goalkeeper Aidan Grant show their disappointment following Ilkeston's equaliser in Corby Town's 2-1 loss at Steel Park

“I said I believe I can and with us having another game so quickly on Monday, I don’t think they have a lot to lose by giving me another shot.

“I felt we were unlucky on Wednesday and again against Ilkeston but the pressure is increasing.

“But I am a fighter. They probably expected me to walk away but I have never given up on anything in my life and I don’t feel like I can start now.

“I am fighting for my job and a bit of personal pride as well.

“It was hard after the game because I don’t think the chairman wants to have to sack me. He knows I am a hard-working man.

“But it is going to be difficult because there’s a point at which it becomes untenable.

“The fans have turned now and some are calling for my head. I get it, I understand it.

“I can’t stand here and call people fickle because this has gone on longer than the 12 games this season.

“I think it is a one game at a time situation now.

“I will prepare things for Monday and we will go to Hednesford looking to win a game of football.

“It’s going to be tough because they have been going well and we have only won once in the league.”

Wright will have to be busy in the transfer market between now and Monday as he seeks a goalkeeper to fill the void of Aidan Grant who was taken to hospital immediately after the defeat to Ilkeston with suspected pneumonia.

Defender Brad-Lee Gascoigne was also sent to hospital to have a foot problem assessed.

And Wright said: “Aidan is a big strong boy. He was complaining of a bit of pain in his back but he was fit to play but he wasn’t well after the game and he went to hospital.

“And Brad-Lee has also gone to have his foot checked.

“So I am going to have to get a goalkeeper in for Monday and maybe one more on top of that as well.”