Wakes to name new manager ahead of big game at the bottom

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Bourne Town Football Club will announce their new manager today ahead of a must-win game at the weekend.

Last week Wakes manager Darren Munton handed in his resignation after his side lost 4-0 to Eynesbury.

Since then the club has advertised for a new manager and received several credible applications before the deadline closed on Monday.

Club secretary Bob Lambert would not reveal how many people had applied but said they were holding interviews last night and will announce an appointment today. Lambert said the club’s committee members were happy with the response to the advertisement.

Munton, who quit in September but was persuaded to stay at the ChromaSport UCL Division One outfit a few days later, said he will stay on during the handover to a new manager.

The change in manager comes at a critical point in Bourne’s season. The Wakes have played 28 matches, losing 20, winning four and drawing four, leaving them just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Tomorrow they travel to Wellingborough Whitworth in the first of back-to-back games against the club who sit just one place above them, but with nine points more.

Munton, who will manage the side tomorrow for perhaps the last time, said: “It is a winnable game on Saturday.

“Bourne have 14 games left and have probably got to win half of them to be safe and stay out of the bottom two but it is a good opportunity for someone to come in.”

The Wakes have not had the best preparation ahead of the important fixture. The side trained on Saturday when their game against Rushden and Higham was postponed but have not been able to practice during the week for fear of damaging the first team pitch.

With the region experiencing heavy rain again this week, tomorrow’s fixture is already looking in doubt.

However Munton said it would not be a bad thing if the game were called off as it would give the new first team manager an extra chance to work with the players ahead of being in the pressured situation of league football when you are in a relegation scrap.

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