Johnson in charge as post-Wright era begins at Corby

Eddie Johnson (left) will take charge of Corby Town at Hednesford Town tonight following the departure of Tommy Wright
Eddie Johnson (left) will take charge of Corby Town at Hednesford Town tonight following the departure of Tommy Wright
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The post-Tommy Wright era begins for Corby Town tonight (Monday).

The Steelmen parted company with their manager yesterday evening following a dismal run of form, which has left them second-from-bottom in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division following on from relegation from the Vanarama National League North last season.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to bottom markers Ilkeston proved to be the final straw for the club’s board as chairman Stevie Noble confirmed Wright had left with immediate effect yesterday.

The Steelmen are straight back into action this evening with a tough trip to fifth-placed Hednesford Town.

Eddie Johnson, who was working alongside Wright, will take charge of the team before reporting back to the board on Tuesday or Wednesday.

But Noble insists the search for Wright’s permanent replacement is now under way.

“Eddie Johnson has stepped into the breach for tonight at Hednesford and then we will speak to him on Tuesday or Wednesday,” the Steelmen chairman said.

“But the search now goes on for a new manager.

“There are a lot of plans both on and off the pitch here and we we will be targeting a young and ambitious manager to take that on for us.”

Noble, meanwhile, believes Wright was “let down” by the squad of players he put together for this season after a mass overhaul during the summer.

But the chairman insists the infrastructure at the club is not deserving of a team struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Noble added: “Tommy backed his players and I think they have let him down.

“But it is a results business and last year (in the National League North) we probably accepted it was a bridge too far at the time.

“But I think we have a better infrastructure now and we should not be languishing at the bottom of the division.”