Doughboys confirm Wright as new manager

Jamie Wright has been appointed as the new manager of Wellingborough Town
Jamie Wright has been appointed as the new manager of Wellingborough Town

Wellingborough Town have appointed Jamie Wright as their new manager.

Wright, who was previously with the Doughboys as assistant-boss when Craig Adams was in charge, will take over at the Dog & Duck at the end of the current ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division campaign.

Wellingborough’s season will be completed next Saturday when they take on ground neighbours and leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

It was confirmed earlier this week that joint-bosses Steve Herring and Joe Smyth were stepping down at the end of the season and Wright has now been appointed.

But it is understood Smyth and Herring will remain in charge for next weekend’s final game of the season.

A statement from Doughboys chairman Martin Potton said: “Jamie is well known at the club, where he started his senior career in the Under-18s, from where he progressed to higher levels of football before returning as both player and Assistant Manager to Craig Adams.

“Jamie will announce the details of his management team, who are at present at other clubs, as soon as they have informed the clubs concerned.

“I am sure that all supporters will welcome Jamie back to club and give him their full support, going forward.

“I would also like to thank the out-going managers, Steve Herring and Joe Smyth, for their hard work in a difficult season.

“They joined us after a poor start to the season with the brief to avoid relegation.

“They have achieved this and have guided us to a respectable position in the league. Their situation was not helped when the club took the decision, in January, to reduce the playing budget.

“Although they were disappointed about this, they got on with the job taking us to our present position.

“Some weeks ago, they informed me that they could not take the club forward to where they wanted it to be on the present budget.

“They asked for the budget to be increased to at least the level it was at when they joined us and to look to increasing it further if possible.

“After considering this, the Executive Committee decided that the club could not meet their request at this time.

“When informed of this, Joe and Steve informed me that they were not prepared to carry on and would leave at the end of the season. The club reluctantly accepted their decision.

“We wish both them well for the future and thank them, once again, for their efforts.”