Jon Dunham – Spotlight is now on Corby’s new bosses

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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It’s fair to say Corby Town took most by surprise when they announced what proved to be a new managerial team on Monday.

Having received an email to say that a telephone conference call would be held with the media by chairman Kevin Ingram on that afternoon, my immediate thought was that Mark Peters had been given the job.

And, while we are on that, I don’t think anyone can complain at the job he did after taking the reigns following Chris Plummer’s departure. Peters did the role with great dignity and he can count himself unlucky not to have been given the opportunity to carry on.

But that is football and the spotlight now falls on Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright.

When asked for my opinion on the appointments by a Corby Town fan on Twitter earlier this week, my response was that it was a very “out there” decision.

The reasons for that are pretty simple. It seems, to me at least, that the Steelmen wanted to make an appointment that focused on the future just as much as the present.

They have opted for two fresh faces (a good decision in my opinion) and they have opted to go with a bit of youth.

For Wright, it is a first managerial post, although it is clear that on matchdays he will be focusing mainly on playing. A good deal all round on the face of it. Corby get a new striker, who should be very useful in the Calor League Premier Division as well as someone who has played under a few managers and should have a contacts book that is full.

Wilson, on the other side of the coin, has had plenty of managerial and coaching experience. He was the man who helped Harborough Town up the leagues and then stepped up to the Skrill North with Histon where he was the assistant-manager. He also has an affinity to Corby having played for the club’s youth team while also having family in the area.

Having spoken to both of them on Monday and again during the remainder of the week, a recurring word has been ‘opportunity’.

They have been given the chance to show what they can do and whatever they said to the likes of Ingram, Graham Starmer and director of football operations Gerry Reilly clearly had an affect.

Is it a risky appointment? Yes. But in football nowadays, every managerial appointment carries a risk with it.

The key with new managers coming in is to hit the ground running. And the foundations have already been laid by Peters.

Three home league wins in a row and a point at Arlesey Town have sent the Steelmen into the mid-table area of the Calor League Premier Division. Starting from there is better than starting from the bottom.

Ingram has made no secret of his desire for this season and that is to earn promotion back to the Skrill North at the first attempt, the chances of that happening are already a lot better than they were after the first two games of the season.

This weekend’s FA Cup clash with Barwell has also been well hyped by the club. There isn’t a lot of money about and any sort of cup run can only help in that department.

The two new managers have a big challenge in front of them. But if the enthusiasm they have already shown transfers itself to the players and onto the pitch then it might just mean good things will happen.

As ever, the proof will be in the pudding...