Drury pays tribute to ‘best coach’ Holden

Football action from Corby Town v Luton Town at Steel Park. Corby Town manager Graham Drury
Football action from Corby Town v Luton Town at Steel Park. Corby Town manager Graham Drury

Graham Drury has paid tribute to former assistant Paul Holden after the latter resigned this week.

Holden quit in the the wake of the 6-2 defeat at Harrogate because he was unhappy at the way certain aspects of the club were being run.

“I’ve lost one of the best coaches in the area and that would hurt any club,” said Drury.

“He’s also one of my best friends in football and he was my right-hand man.

“It’s like losing your right arm when you lose someone like Paul and it’s a difficult time for us.

“But Paul is very proud of the reputation he has built up within the game, not just at Corby, and he felt that he could not carry on under the current circumstances.

“I fully respect that but there’s no doubt I will miss him.

“With him not there, there will be no-one that I know well to discuss tactics with, to bounce ideas off within a game, to be that second pair of eyes spotting something I might have missed.”

Corby’s first match post-Holden is at home to Worcester City tomorrow and Drury knows it will be a tough one for his side.

“We’re not mathematically safe from relegation yet so we need to start picking up some points,” he continued.

“But that is going to be hard tomorrow because we obviously have this poor home record, and we’re coming into the game on the back of bad defeat in the week, while Worcester are flying right now.

“It really couldn’t be a tougher task for us tomorrow but we have to dig deep and get that result.

“We need to restore some pride more than anything else after conceding six at Harrogate and I expect the players to do that.

“We need to work hard and we need to start scoring some goals.

“The two lads up front, Gary King and Jordan Smith, are working their socks off but neither has scored in the last two games so I need them both to have their scoring boots on tomorrow.”