Charlie Griffin, manager of Evo-Stik League South West club Cirencester Town, plans to appoint a new assistant-manager this week following the surprise departure of Paul Hunt.
Hunt, brought in by Griffin when he became player-manager last September, was not in the dug-out when Cirencester ran out 4-1 winners on their visit to Toolstation Western League opponents Malmesbury Vics on Saturday.
Hunt has previously been assistant to Adi Viveash during his sixteen-month tenure as Ciren manager from 2007.
“I had a long chat with Oggie last week and he said he felt he could no longer give the role his 100 per cent commitment,” Griffin told the Stroud News & Journal. “I appreciate that as there is a lot involved what with training, sometimes two games a week and also going to see other games looking for players and watching future opposition.
“I have two or three names in mind and I hope to make a decision in the next few days.”
Griffin was delighted with his emerging Ciren squad who put four goals past the Vics and it could have been many more.
There were several new faces on view at Malmesbury, including triallist Connor Teague – a former Cirencester youngster who was a prolific striker for Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two West champions Bourton Rovers last season.
Griffin offered a deal to former Malvern Town midfielder Louis Loader after the game, bringing the additions to last year’s squad to six – the others being ex-Bishops Cleeve quartet Matt Wieczorek, Jordan Stoddart, Jack Watts and Jack Horrell, along with Ben Whitehead.
Griffin feels that ex-Banbury player Felipe Barcelos, who played in the opening two warm-up games, could be slipping through his fingers but expects Forest Green Rovers’ first year pro Jordan Morris to pull on a Cirencester shirt for the first time this week ahead of his loan deal until January.