Following the news that Kevin Wilson had left his role as manager of Vanarama National League North, chairman Lee Thorn moved swiftly to appoint Tommy Wright as first-team manager with Steve Chettle staying on as first-team coach.
Thorn said: “This week we have been implementing a new structure at the club and Kevin was offered the role of director of football with Tommy Wright becoming first-team manager.
“Kevin informed me that although he appreciated this opportunity, he would not be accepting the role as he joined the club as a manager, and wanted to leave as a manager.
“Kevin is an honourable man and a family friend. I want to thank him for all he has done while at the club and wish him well for the future. He will always be welcome here.
“I’ve admired Tommy as a player and football manager for some time. He won the league with Corby Town and I’m sure he will do well for the Boro.
“He is still registered as a player, but he is here to manage the team and his first priority is push us up the league table.
“Steve Chettle will continue as first-team coach and be Tommy’s assistant. There will be no change in how the club conducts its daily business or routines.”
Earlier this week Guy Branston reluctantly left his role as football operations manager to pursue a personal business venture. Thorn added: “Guy is an ambitious football person and businessman who is in the process of developing a new App and he leaves with the club’s blessing and good wishes. We are currently seeking a suitable replacement for him.”
Tommy Wright is clear about what he wants to achieve at the club. He said: “I came to Nuneaton as a player-coach to support Kevin and Steve, which is a role I’ve enjoyed immensely, though it was frustrating to miss pitch time through injury.
“I wasn’t expecting to become the club’s new manager and although I’m proud and delighted, the way it has come about is unfortunate and tinged with sadness.
“I’ve been in the game long enough to know that football dishes out highs and lows and I’ve been involved in both. I’m good friends with Kevin. I was happy to be here as his player-coach and help him in any way I could. It’s been very tough to see him go, but I respect his reasons. He didn’t want the director of football role that was offered to him and told me he came here as a manager, and wanted to leave as a manager.
“He’s a good man who I admire very much. He has set up a great structure at the club and given me a platform to build on. Having Steve Chettle here gives us some continuity and our aim is to push the club up the league and do well in the FA Trophy, which we play in next weekend.
“I know Nuneaton fans want to see the team do well. I’m committed to making that happen and the work has already started.
“Me and Steve have been working together with the lads for a few weeks so we know what makes them tick – Steve especially so. I have my own ideas on how I want to see them play and have already given them instructions ahead of the game at FC United of Manchester tomorrow.
“I have my own way of going about things. I know how I want my teams to be set up and how I want them to play.
“The lads have all been very supportive and are raring to go. They are clear about what is expected of them and will go into the game tomorrow with a plan to get a positive result.
“I won’t accept second best. They have to take responsibility once they cross the white line and put in an honest, hard-working performance. They have the ability and now they have to show it and get the club moving in the right direction again.
“This is a brilliant challenge for me and a top job in non-league football. I’ve been given an unexpected opportunity and I intend to seize it with both hands”.