FOOTBALL: ‘Clayton did a fantastic job’
MELKSHAM Town chairman Dave Wiltshire paid tribute to former boss Dave Clayton after installing Darren Perrin as boss at The Conigre.
Perrin’s return as manager of the club where he enjoyed previous success was confirmed a day after Clayton’s departure.
“The committee and I decided that it was time for Dave after Tuesday night's game (a 6-0 loss to Bristol Manor Farm) but he's done a fantastic job for the club,” said Wiltshire, who took charge of the team for Saturday’s 4-1 FA Vase win over Devizes Town.
“He's developed certain players and always been within our ethos.
“We just felt that at this moment in time, with what we've got coming up with the new stadium, it just needed a new face to freshen things up.
“We're pleased to have Darren on board and he brings with him a lot of experience at this level and higher, so we think we're really lucky to have him to take us forward.
“I think it’s no secret that with what's happening at the club and how we want to take the club forward, Darren will see it as a bit of a sleeping giant – he wants to wake it all up on the field.
“Clayts was Melksham through-and-through and Darren is the same. He could have gone to a higher level”.
Perrin, who will have midfielder Dave Macey as his assistant, has been busy adding to his new squad this week, bringing in former Frome Town utility man Jamie Cheeseman.
The Melksham boss has also recruited defender Matt Cooper back to the club from Westbury United and re-signed defender Jamie Oliver.
Perrin’s name had been linked with a return to another of his former club’s Chippenham Town, but he said: “To be fair, I needed a break for family reasons with my dad not being well and a few other things that were a shock in my life.
“I've enjoyed the break and, if it wasn't Melksham, I'm not sure I would have taken a job.
“It's lovely (to be linked with Chippenham) but that never ever worried me.
“This was the job that just appealed to me.
“I know all of the players, I know the area and I know the club back-to-front.
“I'm delighted to take over and I'm looking forward to it.”
Melksham booked their place in the second qualifying round of the Vase as they saw off local rivals Devizes.
Matt Sharp headed the hosts into the lead before Sayeed Ibrahim found the net with a low strike from range to make it 2-0.
Dan Kovacs pounced to net Melksham’s third of the first half and despite Devizes’ Andy Brien rounding keeper Tom Drewitt to pull a goal back after his initial penalty was saved, striker Kovacs expertly lobbed home number four midway through the second period.
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