Corby Town today announced manager Graham Drury has not been offered a new contract by the club.
Drury, who joined the Steelmen in 2008 having previously been in charge at Stamford, also confirmed to the Evening Telegraph that he has left Steel Park.
A statement released by the club reads:
Graham Drury’s contract as manager of Corby Town has now expired and the club have made the decision not to extend the agreement.
The decision was made on Monday evening following a review meeting between Acting Chairman David Mallinger, Kevin Ingram, director Martin Harris and Graham Drury.
David Mallinger commented: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision not to offer Graham a new contract. He has had a tough year and has tackled the challenges thrown at him with his own unique style of enthusiasm and professionalism. For that we thank him.
“He has kept a smile on his face throughout and that has rubbed off on others at the club. When we met with him at early in the New Year and explained the situation the club found itself in, that is what he said he’d do and he’s been true to his word.
“After careful consideration of a number of factors though, we have decided we feel it is in the best interests of all parties to proceed in a different direction. It is time for a change.
“Graham has made a huge contribution to the club over the four years he’s been here and we are all grateful for what he has done for Corby Town Football Club. He provided a lot of people with a lot of happy memories during his time here.
“We parted on good terms last night and wish him every success in the future. He’ll always be welcome at Steel Park.”
Graham added: “I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone that I have crossed paths with during my time at the club. The fans have been fantastic from day one and I’m grateful for the way they have supported me. There have been three/four squads of players who have contributed to the success we have achieved over the four years I have been here and I’d like to thank them for their hard work. There are a number of volunteers, directors included, who work tirelessly for the club who have been a pleasure to work with - they know who they are, and I’d like to thank them for their support as well.
“I am very disappointed with how my reign at the club ended on Saturday. That is not the way I wanted to bow out however I feel my achievements here over the years will ensure that is not what I will be remembered for. My records here stands for itself and the good times far outweigh the bad.
“Winning the Southern League was a fantastic experience and those memories will live with me for a very long time. We have built on that success and the club is now established as a Blue Square Bet North side and I leave knowing it is in a much better position than it was when I arrived.
“At the start of the season the board challenged me to start building a platform for a three-year plan; that involved lowering the average age and blooding youngsters from a lower level who had the potential to step up in standard. The aim was a top 10 finish and unfortunately, and I fully appreciate why, the objective changed around the turn of the year. From that point the aim was just to keep the club in the division and I’ve done that.
“I wish the club every success in the future and hope, as the town grows, they are able to reach the level of football that they can support.”
The club are now inviting applications for the role of first-team manager. A covering letter, along with a CV, should be sent to Martin Harris, Corby Town Football Club, Steel Park, Jimmy Kane Way, Rockingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 2FB or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 7th May 2012.
Corby Town finished in 17th place in Blue Square Bet North and only avoided relegation on the final day thanks to results elsewhere going their way.
Drury’s reign had seen the club rise from Southern League strugglers into Blue Square North play-off challengers.
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