Cousins: No to Fenmen job

Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. Paul Cousins played at No 4.'
Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. Paul Cousins played at No 4.'

Wisbech Town FC captain Paul Cousins says it’s too early in his career to take the manager’s job.

The position is vacant at the Fenmen after Steve Appleby’s shock resignation last week.

Cousins and fellow senior player Scott Johnson are picking the side until a new boss is appointed, while former manager Dick Creasey at the weekend joined them in the dugouts as part of the acting management team.

Asked whether he wanted the job, Cousins said: “No, but one day definitely.

“I’m 31 and I want to try and play while I can. I loved it today and it’s been a hectic week. Two years down the line I’d definitely be interested.

“I spoke to Dick in the week. He’s still good friends with people in Wisbech and wants me and Scott (Johnson) to pick the side, as we have all been together as players for three years, then he’ll give his point of view at half-time.”

On whether Appleby’s departure was a shock he replied: “Yes and no. I’ve spoken to Apps, I’ve known him a long while.

“It’s hurt him and the team not taking promotion, you can fully understand it, to be honest. He probably should have done earlier in the summer.”

On the temporary situation, he added: “I spoke to Barry Carter (chairman) and Snips (Dave Parsons, vice-chairman) and they asked would it be OK if it went into a second or third week, and I said no problem.

“The club have had four applications and they want the right manager.”

Ollie Gale (on holiday for last weekend’s match) and Anthony Reeve (working) should be back for Saturday’s game away to Harborough Town, while Wisbech host Boston Town next Tuesday.