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Wisbech Town have appointed former Bourne Town, Pinchbeck United and Sleaford Town boss Allan Ross as their new manager.

Ross, who played under another Fenmen boss, Dick Creasey, at Holbeach United, will meet the players at training on Thursday and be in the dugout for Saturday’s league game at Loughborough Dynamo.

The 39-year-old has been taken on for the rest of the season, but his reign could continue into the 2022/23 term even if the Fenmen fail to avoid relegation from the Pitching In Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

New Wisbech Town manager Allan Ross (54890623)
New Wisbech Town manager Allan Ross (54890623)

The property consultant, a married father of two, has come to Fountain Fresh Park after a brief spell at United Counties League Division One side Bourne, where he was undefeated in his six games in charge.

He takes over a Wisbech side 10 points from automatic safety with 10 games remaining, but just one point from the relegation play off place.

“The chairman approached me on Sunday and it was pretty much a done deal straight away,” Ross told the Citizen.

“Bourne have been fantastic about it, thanked me for what I have done there and wished me luck.”

Ross, who has also managed Horncastle Town as well as the youth and under-23 set ups at Boston United, added: “With my confidence and drive I can bring a buzz about the place and give the players an extra 20 to 30% and that’s what this squad needs.”

Former players Liam Nimmo and Chris Bacon helped Boston United youth coach Mark Thompson manage the team during Saturday’s 6-2 defeat at Sporting Khalsa and Bacon is expected to take training tonight (Tuesday).

Chairman Paul Brenchley has also put in seven days’ notice for a popular former striker who could become player/coach.

Ross has already identified gaps in the squad that need filling, and put in several seven day approaches too.

He added: “If people who already know the club are willing to give up their time to help and are enthusiastic about the club, then I’d love to work with them.

“We will get straight down to business at training on Thursday. I’ve managed Luke Wilson and Jack Keeble in the past and know Layton Maddison well, so hopefully they will have positive things to say about me to the group.

“We have 10 games left this season to keep Wisbech Town playing Step Four football and I think I can do that.”

The Fenmen started the season with Brett Whaley in charge, before he left for Spalding United and Chris Lenton took temporary control for two games.

Arran Duke and Mark Warren then ran the team for six matches, former boss Dick Creasey helped out for two, and Thompson was in the dugout on Saturday.

Wisbech have lost their last eight league games since beating relegation rivals Soham Town Rangers 3-0 on December 27 and Ross said: “There is lots of work to do and we have to be brave in matches.

“We have to play on the front foot, attack and get the ball in the box.

“Yes, we have to be sound defensively but we need to win matches.”

He also appealed for fans to get behind the team: “I have been to Wisbech when there’s hundreds of people there and I know how great the supporters can be.

“I know the season has been frustrating but please come and support us in the next home game (against Daventry United on Saturday, February 26).

“I can assure you every player will be giving 100% for the next 10 games. I will accept nothing less.”

Chairman Paul Brenchley said: “We were close to getting Alan in before Seb Hayes joined for the 2019/20 season.

“He is initially joining until the end of the season but we have to admit the situation looks quite bleak and, even if we cannot beat relegation, he may stay on if we’re both happy with the job he’s done.”

If the worst did happen, Brenchley said the club favours demotion to the Eastern Counties League rather than the United Counties, which they won promotion from in 2018, but which would involve a lot more travelling.

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