SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Collier keen on Chippenham job
FORMER Swindon Supermarine boss Mark Collier has revealed he is to apply for the vacant manager’s position at Chippenham.
The Bluebirds are searching for a new manager after Nathan Rudge quit on Wednesday, just two games into the Southern Premier season.
And 54-year-old Collier, who held talks with the Chippenham hierarchy prior to Rudge’s appointment in early 2012, says he is interested in taking over at Hardenhuish Park.
“I had a conversation with Tom Jones (Collier’s assistant at Supermarine) after we were tipped off that Rudge had gone and it was obviously of interest to us,” said Collier.
“Chippenham are a club in a very good division and a club that can sustain playing at that level because historically they have had big attendances.
“I know they have dropped off in the last season or so, but there is a fanbase there.
“They are a club that are progressive and that matches the ambitions of myself and Tom.
“We will get in touch and see if they are interested in speaking to us.”
After leaving Supermarine two and a half years ago, Swindon-based Collier has been scouting in Conference South and the Southern League and has also coached at several clubs including Wootton Bassett.
“During our time out of management we’ve been watching games in and around that division, so it’s not like we’ve lost anything by being away,” continued Collier.
“I’m sure there’s lots of other people that will be interested in the job.
“I would expect the chairman’s phone to be ringing constantly over the next few weeks.”
Collier’s first spell in charge at Supermarine was from 2003 until 2010. He guided the club up to the Southern Premier in 2006/07 thanks to a 2-0 play-off final win over Taunton and in the 2008/09 season he oversaw Marine’s run to the third round of the FA Trophy, where they were defeated 2-0 at Ebbsfleet.
Having quit in May 2010, Collier returned within a matter of months and took the South Marston side to the third round of the FA Cup where they lost 1-0 at Colchester - the club’s best ever run in the competition.
Collier is likely to face competition from Steve Winter for the managerial position, after the caretaker boss indicated he would be interested in taking the job full-time.
Chippenham entertain Hitchin tomorrow as they target their first win of the campaign.
In Division One South & West, Cirencester will aim to make it three wins from three as they take on Bridgwater at the Corinium.
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