Jon Dunham – Big summer ahead as a new era dawns for Steelmen

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
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A new era has well and truly dawned for Corby Town.

The final day of the Steelmen’s Calor League Premier Division proved to be a pivotal one as it was confirmed a consortium of seven local businessmen had completed their takeover from previous chairman Kevin Ingram.

The transition was swift and now the hard work of rebuilding the club’s fortunes both on and off the pitch gets under way.

So far, the right noises have been made. The consortium is made up of businessmen from within the town and they have made it clear that there is no vested interest – they are determined to “give the club back to the people of Corby”.

They have put their money where their mouth is by securing the club’s immediate future and there is already a desire to rebuild the bridges that were clearly damaged with Corby Borough Council, something that is crucial to the long-term future.

In Steve Noble, the consortium have appointed a chairman who is Corby through and through and the same can be said for Gerry Reilly, a well-known figure around Steel Park, who is the new vice-chairman.

Change is in the air and that was evident by the news of Andrew Wilson’s departure from the club this week.

The statement released by the club made it clear that they feel they can afford only one manager and Tommy Wright has chosen to stay on to lead the on-field matters.

It is a shame that the partnership has been broken up, even though the reasons for it have been made crystal clear.

The arrival of the joint-managers was a welcome breath of fresh air back in September, especially after the season had started so badly.

They ended up throwing together an impressive squad which was in with a real chance of securing a play-off place before things were taken out of their hands by the financial problems.

I will be honest, I had expected both to stay on. But I have been around long enough to know that you must always expect the unexpected.

I, personally, wish ‘Stan’ well. He has been a pleasure to deal with and I have no doubt that his time out of the game will be shortlived.

But it is now down to Wright to lead Corby into this new era.

The decision has been made quickly and he now has the whole summer to put his squad together for the next campaign.

He is very much a ‘rookie’ when it comes to the management game but there were enough signs during last season to tell us that he has the ability and the contacts to make it happen in the future.

What lies ahead is a crucial summer for the Steelmen both on and off the pitch.

Thus far, it has been positive and let’s hope that theme remains under the new regime.