Tommy is definitely the right man for Corby

Tommy Wright
Tommy Wright

Steve Noble feels Corby Town are “lucky” to have Tommy Wright as their manager.

The new Steelmen chairman has piled the praise on Wright, who was appointed as the club’s sole manager by the new owners following a takeover by a consortium of local businessmen soon after last season had ended.

Andrew Wilson, who shared the managerial duties with Wright after they were appointed by Kevin Ingram last September, left the club due to financial reasons, leaving Wright at the helm.

And Noble is in no doubt that Corby have the right man in the job as the build-up to a campaign in the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division gets under way.

“We have a first class manager,” Noble said.

“Tommy and Andrew Wilson did a great job last season and we have lost one due to the finances, that was the way it had to be.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if the team had had the right support behind it last season, in terms of paying the wages, then that side would have gone into the play-offs definitely.

“But I certainly think, having got to know Tommy, that he is first class.

“We want to support him and we are lucky to have him, although I don’t want to give him too much credit as he will be asking for more money!

“The other side of Tommy is that has very much bought into the idea of getting into the local community. He wants to get out there and coach the kids.

“We have got a new youth team manager in Graham Leech, who is someone who I have worked with and who has a great reputation around the whole county.

“Tommy wants to work within all that and I don’t think there are many managers out there who would come into Corby on a Monday or Tuesday night before training and go into the schools to coach the kids.

“That shows you the quality of the manager we have got. We are lucky.”

Wright was swift to secure the services of a number of last season’s squad for the new campaign.

One of those was young defender Connor Kennedy, who burst onto the scene in the latter stages of last season.

And Noble believes the 16-year-old is the perfect example of what can happen if the Steelmen focus their attention on bringing players through the system.

He added: “Connor is a product of the youth clubs in Corby. It is proof that it’s there.

“We should be going out there and tapping into it. For so many years, other clubs have benefited from the coaching work that these local guys have been doing on a voluntary basis.

“The big thing is that we need to give them a platform.

“Connor has come through and before him Paul Malone did the same. I had him with me at Desborough Town and Stewarts & Lloyds so I knew his capabilities.

“Now we have someone like Paul, who is only 24, working with Connor who is 16. It is all good.

“I am so enthusiastic about this. I love my football anyway but I want to be involved in the youth set-ups. I hope Connor will be the first of many.”