Steelmen boss Wright expects to take ‘back seat’ to playing

Tommy Wright is set to take a back seat on the playing side of things as he focuses on being the sole manager at Corby Town
Tommy Wright is set to take a back seat on the playing side of things as he focuses on being the sole manager at Corby Town

Tommy Wright is expecting to take a “back seat” on the playing side of things with Corby Town next season.

The Steelmen boss is beginning his preparations for the new campaign after being appointed the sole manager of the club by the new owners last week.

It has already been a busy spell as former joint-manager Andrew Wilson left Steel Park while Wright has promoted goalkeeper coach David Clarke to a dual role as assistant-manager.

And this week also saw the return of former captain Gareth Jelleyman who is back in a player-coach capacity.

Wright has confirmed goalkeeper and supporters player of the year Paul Walker has already agreed terms for the new campaign while talks with others, including a number from last season’s squad, are also under way.

But Wright has admitted he is keen to focus on his managerial role and that may mean less on-field action when August comes around.

“I am probably going to take a back seat on the playing side of it,” the Steelmen boss said.

“If I need to start matches then I will but I don’t think I can be the manager and play every week.

“It was something I had to think about when the job was offered to me and I am comfortable with it.

“Dave is popular with the players and we share the same opinions on how football should be played.

“And the lads loved Gareth Jelleyman last season. I think it is all going to work really well.

“He is at the stage of his career where he wants to get into coaching and I am happy to give him that responsibility.

“He certainly won’t just be carrying the balls and the cones.

“He will be another voice on the training ground and that is what we need.”

Corby Town have confirmed a £30 reduction for adult season tickets for the next campaign at Steel Park.

Adult season tickets have been reduced from £180 to £150 while prices for concessions have also been brough down from £125 to £100.

The Steelmen are also offering a ‘pay your age’ package for under-16 season tickets.

And, as an extra incentive, anyone who buys their season ticket before the end of May will be guaranteed free entry for one of the fixtures at the new Steel Park Cup tournament, a pre-season competition to be held in July.

In a statement, the club said: “At a time when the country’s elite football clubs are continuing to raise prices, we wanted to ensure a pricing structure to ensure that football at Steel Park is affordable to local people.

“The prices represent a cost of just £6.52 per game for adults and £4.35 per game for concessions.”

Season tickets are now on sale and fans can contact John Wilson on 07783 578262 or by email or by calling the club office on 01536 406640.

Corby Town season ticket prices 2014-15

Adults: £150.

Concessions – (Over 60’s + full time students): £100

Under 16’s –Pay Your Age (eg 8 years old, pay £8).