Chairman ‘big enough’ to take criticism, says Corby boss Wright

Steelmen joint-boss Tommy Wright
Steelmen joint-boss Tommy Wright
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Tommy Wright believes Corby Town chairman Kevin Ingram is “big enough” to take the criticism that was aimed at him during last night’s (Wednesday) 3-2 home defeat to Redditch United.

On the pitch, the Steelmen were second best for long spells despite a gutsy effort in the second half that almost resulted in an unlikely fightback as they dropped to 11th in the Calor League Premier Division.

But it is still the off-field issues that continue to dominate the thoughts of joint-managers Wright and Andrew Wilson and the Steelmen supporters.

Both bosses have revealed that things have “gone quiet” from their point of view with Ingram seemingly at deadlock with Corby Borough Council over a range of issues, including funding, which seem to be threatening the club’s future.

A group of Corby fans moved into the main stand at Steel Park at half-time last night and unveiled a banner calling for Ingram to leave while they also chanted for his departure at regular intervals during the second half.

And Wright, who was forced off with a calf injury during the second period, said: “I didn’t actually hear much until I came off in the second half.

“Obviously the fans want to vent their anger towards the chairman and that is something Stan (fellow manager Andrew Wilson) and I can’t really talk about.

“It’s out of our hands. The chairman is big enough to take it I am sure. He will listen to the fans.

“Everyone knows the situation and everyone wants it to be resolved so that we can start planning for next season.”

On the pitch, Wright was pleased with the “fight” his threadbare squad showed during the second half after they had deservedly trailed 2-0 at half-time.

But he admitted he doesn’t know how the squad will look for Saturday’s home clash with Arlesey Town after youngster Connor Kennedy left the ground on crutches after suffering an ankle injury early on in the game.

“It was disappointing to go 2-0 down but we hit the post at the end of the first half and if that had gone in then maybe things would have been a bit different,” Wright added.

“The pleasing for us is that the lads didn’t roll over and die and we were unlucky with the third goal being a big deflection.

“We are short in numbers and I think that is showing. It doesn’t help when at 4.30pm on the day of the game we get a text from someone who we thought was available saying he wasn’t.

“Then Connor got injured in the first half so it is all going against us. But the lads dug in and the fight they showed is the main positive we can take from the game.

“Connor left on crutches and he was having an X-ray last night.

“We will have to see what the result of that is but I am sure he will be a major doubt for Saturday.

“There is a list of players that we can work through but it is the same list we have been working with for weeks now.

“Whether they are available or not or whether they fancy it all depends on them really. The ball is out of our court on that one.”