SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Collier back in reckoning for Chippenham role
6:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
FORMER Swindon Supermarine manager Mark Collier could be back in the reckoning for the top job at Chippenham following Steve Winter’s shock sacking.
Collier was interviewed for the role for the second time earlier this season following Nathan Rudge’s exit, but Winter was appointed instead.
However, nine games later Winter and assistant Adam Tudor were shown the door following Wednesday’s 9-0 Southern Premier defeat to Stourbridge, a game Winter missed due to a holiday organised to celebrate his 40th birthday.
And Bluebirds chairman Neil Blackmore is to revisit the shortlist he made when Winter was appointed, with Collier included.
Blackmore said that the Chippenham board were left with no choice but to dismiss Winter and Tudor.
“It was discussed at length at a meeting and there was a vote that was unanimous,” he said.
“The club has been absolutely slaughtered online and in the media after the 9-0 drubbing - and rightly so - and we club had to be seen to be doing something about it.
“That's why we decided to relieve Steve and Adam of their duties with immediate effect.
“What disappointed me most about (the Stourbridge game) was that there seemed to be a lack of spirit in the second half.
“There are some players that really want to play for Chippenham Town and some that don't seem too bothered about it at all as long as they're picking up a paycheck. That attitude has to change."”
A combination of Blackmore and senior players could take charge for tomorrow’s FA Trophy second qualifying round trip to Bognor Regis.
In Southern League Division One South & West, Cirencester will be missing three players for their game at Guildford - keeper Glyn Garner, captain Shayne Anson and Steve Davies.
Boss Brian Hughes said: "Shayne has taken time off to go to Jamaica to see his grandmother who is not well and Davo is going to Mike Symons' (Gloucester City) stag weekend.”
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