Tommy to stay on and lead Steelmen in their final fight for survival

Tommy Wright is staying at Corby Town after he considered his position following the 3-0 defeat at AFC Telford United
Tommy Wright is staying at Corby Town after he considered his position following the 3-0 defeat at AFC Telford United
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Tommy Wright is staying at Corby Town to lead the charge in one final attempt to keep them in the Vanarama National League North.

The Steelmen boss admitted he considered his position after his team were thumped 3-0 at AFC Telford United last weekend.

The defeat has left Corby rock-bottom of the table and six points adrift of safety with just eight games to play.

But, after meetings with chairman Stevie Noble, Wright will remain at Steel Park and says he will “give my all” to try to pull off the greatest of escapes.

The Steelmen are gearing up for a huge home clash with second-from-bottom Hednesford Town in the first part of an Easter double-header on Saturday.

And, after having some time to allow the dust to settle, Wright insists he is focused on what needs to be done.

“I think I just needed a bit of breathing space and a bit of time to clear my head and refocus to be honest,” the Corby manager said.

“I have got bits off my chest that have been building up with the chairman and we have had a good chat.

“He’s told me that he wants me around and he wants me to do everything I can to try to keep us in this division. He’s backing me to make changes if I see fit.

“The boys came in last night (Monday) to have a team meeting and I am focused on what I need to achieve.

“The only message I can give to the supporters is that I will give my all like I always do.

“I probably care too much to be fair. If the players cared as much and had that fighting spirit that I have then I don’t think we would be in this position. No-one is questioning their ability but they are questioning their fight.

“Whenever you send a team out there, it is representing you but last weekend we were really weak and that’s not what I am all about.

“We have got eight cup finals left to keep this club in the league.

“I believe this club deserves to be at this level. The facilities are in place, the plans for the future are there but we have under-performed and we need to understand the reasons why.

“We will never have the biggest budget in this league but that’s no excuse.

“We need to rediscover the team spirit because that, as much as anything, delivered the title last season.

“But it’s safe to say that if we turn in one more performance like last weekend then we will deserve to go down.”

Wright could make changes to his squad ahead of the clash with Hednesford but they will need to be done quickly with the non-League deadline for signing players being at 5pm on Thursday.

He added: “Even after everything on Saturday, I didn’t stop working.

“The players can take their kit off and switch off from it all but that’s not the way it works for me. I have had a lot of conversations and if I have to make changes I will.

“But that won’t mean bringing players in for the sake of it. They will need to be better than what we have at the moment.”

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