Appleby seeks new assistant

WISBECH Town manager Steve Appleby hopes to bring in an assistant boss within the next fortnight for Fenmen stalwart Chris Dear, who stepped down last week.

Appleby has a firm idea on a replacement for Dear, and added: “I know exactly how I want things, but over the next few weeks it’s got to be done right.

“I’ve got a good idea who I want to bring in. Over the next two to three weeks I will do it on my own but that is not a problem.”

Appleby commented: “A lot of things have gone into play with Chris’s decision. Chris and I sing from the same hymn sheet. You can never tell in football, things change.

“All I will say is that Wisbech Football Club will be poorer without him.”

Dear’s final game with the club was when he ran the side in Appleby’s absence in the FA Cup loss to Wroxham and he received abuse after the tie.

Dear posted on the club’s website on Thursday: “After 19 months as assistant manager at the club I resigned on Sunday morning. I have considered this decision since and still feel it is the correct one.

“I still hold the club in the highest esteem and wish Apps and the lads the very best for the rest of the season.

“I have informed Apps and club chairman Barry Carter of the reasons why I have taken this decision.

“But these will remain private as the integrity of the club is at the forefront of my mind.

“I would like to thank the supporters, Apps, the players and the board of directors. I am still extremely proud of our achievements over this period including the first trophy in 16 years for the club and will remain an avid supporter of the Fenmen.

“I will still be around as I am arranging several commercial opportunities for the club.”

Appleby said of his relationship with his assistant: “We’ve had ongoing concerns about one or two things that we’ve talked about together.

“There are too many negatives for Chris in football. Work, football and family issues have come into play with Chris. I don’t think people realise how much work goes into managing a club, and Chris didn’t realise that.

“We didn’t have a summer. I was running things full-time, getting calls at work, hassle at work. Chris runs his firm, and sometimes something’s got to give.

“I’ve had one or two issues I’ve had to sort out, and we’ve now got to crack on and pull together and go forward.”

Steven Reid is back from holiday for Saturday’s home game against Hadleigh United at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.