CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Town still in the hunt for new director
AFTER bringing his hunt for a new manager to an end last week, Chippenham Town chairman Neil Blackmore has reiterated his desire to recruit a new director of football at Hardenhuish Park.
Adie Mings was appointed to the overseeing role at the end of the 2011-2012 season but in September 2012, the former manager joined the youth set-up of Premier League giants Chelsea.
Blackmore says there is no truth in rumours that Chippenham have already made approaches regarding taking on the role but would still like to recruit a director of football to oversee the Southern League first team, Western League Chippenham Park and their reserves, as well as the club’s youth set-up.
“We’ve always been looking since Adie went to Chelsea. I still believe that philosophy is right and with the way that we’re set up now with the four teams, I do feel that we need a person to pull them together,” said Blackmore, after appointing caretaker Steve Winter as permanent boss.
“I haven’t made an approach to anybody. From the applicants that we spoke to last week I have spoken to one of them about some options but an offer has not been made to anybody.
“But finding the right person for that position is even harder than finding a manager.
“As with the manager, we don’t want to rush in to it – it has to be the right person to work with the management and players and vice-versa.
“There are no excuses now from managers and players. The manager’s position is done and dusted and I’ve now told them that they need to focus on the football.”
The Winter era got off to a rocky start last weekend as Town capitulated in the second half in a 4-1 defeat to Bedford Town but Blackmore is calling on the Hardenhuish Park faithful to be patient with their new manager.
“I understand the fans’ frustration because there’s no excuse to play so well in the first half and then not do it in the second half,” he said.
“But as I said when I appointed Steve, I can only ask the fans to be patient.
“He is planning on bringing in players so give him the time to do that.
“He’s blatantly aware that we need to sort out the defence and we’ve put approaches in for players but we can only wait for the system to work. We can’t get them any quicker than we’re trying.
“The players that we’ve got have got to step up to the mark because last Saturday was not good enough.
“I want to see the ball on the floor because we’re trying to play football all the way through the whole club – the U18s and Park do it and that’s the style that Steve wants to play.”
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