Corsham Re-Instate Boss

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Following an EGM on Thursday night, Toolstation Western League First Division club Corsham Town have appointed a new chairman and re-instated their first-team manager.

A split at committee level over the decision to remove Nigel Tripp from his role as manager prompted the calling of the EGM.

The future of the Southbank-based club was thrown into doubt following the postponement of their local derby against Calne Town last month.

Following the EGM, Chris Perry will take on the role of chairman until the club holds its AGM in May.

Perry will be forming a new committee in the next few days to ensure the club fulfils its commitments to both the Western League and the Wiltshire League.

Nigel Tripp has been re-instated as first-team manager with immediate effect.

Perry said: “This has been a difficult three weeks for the club and I hope we can put this behind us now and look to the future.

“I would like to thank Mel Gingell and Pete Ralph for stepping in to manage the first-team for the last two fixtures. It was a difficult job but they managed to put out a competitive team at very short notice.

“The remaining fixtures will be difficult for Nigel as many of the players he bought to the club have now moved on but with the help of the reserve team he is confident that we will fulfil all our remaining fixtures.

“At last night’s EGM members expressed some genuine concerns regarding the running of the club which I have taken on board and will be addressing in the next few weeks.

“My immediate aim is to stabilise the club, over the past year or so we have lost some very good people. Fans and volunteers are at the heart of a club like ours and I would welcome new support to help put together a strong committee that have a united vision on the best way forward.

“The fans have been very patient during this time of uncertainty and I want to assure them that I will endeavour to build a football club that they can be proud of once again”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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