An opportunity knocks for new assistant Chris

Chris Plummer (left) is looking forward to a 'fantastic opportunity' at Corby Town
Chris Plummer (left) is looking forward to a 'fantastic opportunity' at Corby Town

CHRIS PLUMMER believes he has a “fantastic opportunity” to progress his career at Corby Town as well as bringing the club some good times.

The 35-year-old officially resigned as manager of UCL Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star on Monday before being unveiled as Ian Sampson’s assistant in the Steelmen’s new-look coaching staff.

New Corby chairman Kevin Ingram confirmed Plummer had been in the running for the number one position.

But the former Peterborough United player, who spent three seasons at Northern Star in which time he led them to the UCL Division One title, a League Cup success and the quarter-finals of the FA Vase, believes the step up to the Blue Square Bet North is the right move at the right time.

“I had been talking to the club for a few weeks,” Plummer said.

“It’s a massive opportunity and, having spoken to the chairman, the club is looking to be progressive and I have been interested in joining Corby for a number of weeks.

“I suppose being in the UCL could be classed as an apprenticeship. I had three years at Northern Star and had a fantastic time, I really enjoyed it.

“But maybe now is the time to try to progress and it is a fantastic opportunity to do that here under Ian Sampson, who has got Football League managerial experience.”

Plummer certainly has a good footballing pedigree.

He was at Queens Park Rangers for 10 years as a player and also made 50 appearances for Posh as well as playing for a spell at Barnet.

And he is hoping that experience will help him add something extra to the managerial team.

“As a player I played under some fantastic managers, particularly at QPR with the likes of Gerry Francis, Ray Wilkins and Bruce Rioch,” he said.

“I have picked up tips over the years and hopefully I can really add something to this managerial team.

“I have got my UEFA B coaching badge and I am continuing to develop that annually so I hope there is lots I can offer as we look to move forward.”

With purse strings likely to be kept reasonably tight at Steel Park for the new campaign, Plummer’s knowledge of players at a lower level could prove invaluable as Sampson looks to put together a young team.

And Plummer believes there are “a few” players in the UCL who could be capable of making the step up if they are given the chance.

“Last year Corby had Richard Jones, who had been with me before, and as I understand it he didn’t look out of place at this level,” he added.

“There are certainly other players at UCL level who have been released by pro clubs and have found themselves in that division.

“It could be that they haven’t had the right attitude or the right opportunity and direction.

“And there are others who may not have been discovered yet.

“It may only be a few but having seen that level, I know there are players who can make the step up.”