CHIPPENHAM TOWN: Winter handed Bluebirds reins
STEVE Winter has been named as the permanent manager at Chippenham Town.
Winter, who has been acting as caretaker manager since the departure of Nathan Rudge last month, was confirmed in the role by chairman Neil Blackmore this afternoon.
Town had been expected to announce the new boss on Friday, but handed the job to former Torquay United and Tiverton Town Winter after concluding interviews this week.
Blackmore said in a statement: "I am pleased to announce that the position of First Team Manager has been given to Steve Winter.
"The standard of applicant 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 (Rudge) departure, 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.
"The board and I are fully behind Steve and I would ask that the fans give him both the time to operate and the support he deserves.''
Winter presided over the Bluebirds’ 5-0 derby demolition of West Country rivals Frome Town and the 1-0 victory at Stourbridge earlier this month.
He was also in charge as they slumped out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 defeat at Yate Town in the first qualifying round last weekend.
The Gazette & Herald understands former Swindon Supermarine boss Mark Collier, who declared his interest in the role, was one of a quartet interviewed by the Hardenhuish Park board.
Former Mangotsfield United boss Phil Bater is another whose name had been linked with the job since Rudge’s departure.
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