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Sampson Quits Steelmen

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Ian Sampson has resigned as manager of Blue Square Bet North club Corby Town.

Sampson literally walked out of Steel Park following a meeting with chairman Kevin Ingram immediately after the 5-4 home defeat to Bradford Park Avenue today.

That was the Steelmen’s fifth successive defeat at the start of the campaign and the scoreline was given a somewhat flattering look as Corby were 4-1 down at the break and 5-1 down after 48 minutes before launching a late fightback.

Sampson is yet to comment on the situation but Ingram has confirmed that assistant-manager Chris Plummer has taken charge ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Workington.

“After the game, we had a conversation in his office and he offered his resignation and I accepted it. I haven’t had a one-to-one with him since then,” Ingram told the Northants Telegraph.

“Let’s be really honest, we have conceded eighteen goals and before today we had scored one goal.

“We scored four today and normally you would be happy but we are simply not playing well.

“Do I think we have the players? In the main, yes I think we do but I don’t think we are getting the most out of them and using them in the right way.

“But that’s only my opinion, I am only a club chairman and not a qualified football manager.

“I gave my opinion to Ian today and after some of the earlier games and now he has resigned.

“I am sure Ian has been gutted with the performances.

“We have had five losses but it is the manner of those that has been concerning.

“We have had teams walking through us and let’s be honest, Bradford Park Avenue were not a great team. It was a game we should be winning. We shouldn’t be where we are.

“Chris Plummer is now in charge. We will take stock over the weekend of what we want to do and will look at it next week.”

Ingram, meanwhile, insists the club’s playing budget won’t be changed, despite it being well-documented that it remains low for the level.

“The budget it what it is and the management team have known what it is since they got here,” the Steelmen chairman added.

“It is not going to be increased. We are all about sustainability and I said that when I arrived in May.

“We have to cut our cloth to suit but we have a good enough squad and one that can climb the league.”


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