Jon Dunham – Explosive start and a big decision to be made

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

Should we have expected anything different?

It has been an explosive start to the football season on a local scale and the spotlight has fallen on Corby Town following Chris Plummer’s resignation in the wake of their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday night.

After catching up with Plummer on Wednesday, it seems that the writing was pretty much on the wall. He went as far to admit that the thought of resigning had gone through his head after the 3-0 defeat to Burnham at Steel Park on the opening day of the Calor League Premier Division season.

And it seems the hammering the Steelmen took in midweek was the final straw.

The news didn’t exactly come as a surprise. Just a week ago, I wrote in this very section that a good start was crucial for Plummer after he received the backing of the club following their relegation from the Conference North last season.

A promotion push was the target, a good start was needed but it hasn’t materialised.

I like Plummer. Never afraid to have a joke or two with the media, he loves being involved in football but clearly something wasn’t right. My respect for him went even higher with his decision to resign, he felt he couldn’t do any more so took the decision out of someone else’s hands.

It is a case of ‘what might have been’ for him. If the Steelmen had found one more point (or two more goals for that matter) then they would still be in Conference North and we probably wouldn’t be where we are.

But that is football for you. Every manager is always moving one game closer to the sack – that is the world we live in these days.

Now we all wait to see where Corby go from here.

It was no surprise to see Mark Peters installed as interim manager for the next two games at least. Somehow, he has got to find a way of stopping this early-season slide before it becomes a full-blown crisis.

Chairman Kevin Ingram insists he won’t be rushed into what he described as a “massive decision” but clearly a new manager will be needed fairly swiftly if the campaign is to be salvaged, even at this early stage.

Peters has already declared his interest in taking it on a permanent basis. Good results at Arlesey tomorrow (Saturday) and at home to Hinckley United on Bank Holiday Monday would certainly do his cause no harm.

And there were some interesting names thrown around on Twitter in the wake of Plummer’s departure.

Graham Drury – the man who enjoyed so much success at Steel Park – was mentioned alongside Pat Rayment, a proper Corby legend, who is currently in charge of Spalding United.

Either way, Ingram is right when he says it is a massive decision.

This next appointment will be crucial for the Steelmen. The new manager, whoever he is, will have a big job on his hands and it will be important for the club’s hierarchy to ensure they get the right person to take on the responsibility.

All those of us watching on can hope for is that a new appointment brings a big improvement. Let’s face it, it can hardly get any worse...