SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Collier misses out on Bluebirds job
FORMER Swindon Supermarine boss Mark Collier has missed out on the vacant managerial post at Chippenham.
Collier was among four candidates interviewed but the Bluebirds yesterday announced that caretaker boss Steve Winter was to be given the role full-time.
Winter was assistant to Nathan Rudge, who quit the hotseat last month.
A statement issued by Bluebirds chairman Neil Blackmore said: “The standard of applicants for the job was very high with nothing to choose between the candidates, making the final decision extremely difficult.
“The reason I have chosen Steve is that on his arrival at the club he was very much thrown in at the deep end following Nathan’s departure, but he accepted the challenge that was given to him, rolled his sleeves up and got stuck in to a difficult task.
“He has worked hard and shown loyalty to the club and for that I believe he deserves the opportunity to build his own squad and show what he can do.
“It is not fair to judge him only on the past few weeks whilst he has been acting as caretaker.”
Meanwhile, winger Joe Lennox is hoping to get his career back on track at Chippenham.
The 21-year-old was released by Plymouth in January and following a short spell at Bath City, moved to Hardenhuish Park.
“I wanted to get back into full-time, which I haven’t been able to do yet, so it’s just about part-time football at the moment,” said Lennox.
“I’ve not been able to train over the summer because there were no clubs that I could go to. I couldn’t go back to Bath because things weren’t really working out there.
“This is the first time I’ve played at this level. There’s a lot of long balls and it’s massively different but hopefully it’ll be alright.
“I still want to try and get back in to full-time football at some point.”
Chippenham are at home to Bedford in the Southern Premier tomorrow while in Division One South & West, Cirencester make the trip to Fleet.
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