New Grantham Town boss Robinson says ‘budget is a big factor’

Gary Sucharewycz
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Grantham Town have moved swiftly in appointing someone to manage the club – and have once again elected for a duo of bosses.

The club’s board of directors this week announced that former Gingerbreads Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz will take over from Jimmy Albans and Wayne Hallcro in the stadium’s hot seats at The Meres.

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson

Town chairman Peter Railton said the pair expressed interest in the position on Tuesday and were interviewed by the board the following evening.

Mr Railton said: “There was quite a list of applicants. Their interview was a resounding success, and we thought we’d give them a chance.”

Thirty-four-year-old Robinson and Sucharewycz (affectionately known as Scrabble to Gingerbreads fans), 31, have only been in management a brief time, taking over the reins at Hucknall Town for their last seven games. They guided the Yellows to two 4-2 victories in their last two games, but Hucknall remain rooted to the bottom of the Northern Premier League Division One South.

As well as making 85 appearances for Town, Robinson stood in as caretaker manager in 2006 and said it was good to be back at Grantham. He said: “Hucknall are in a significant amount of trouble. It is the right time for me and the club.”

Albans and Hallcro tendered their resignations last Monday, saying they could not take the club any further with the financial “restraints” imposed on them.

Robinson, too, was quick to point out that the wage budget would be the governing factor in moulding a squad, and he and Scrabble would be sitting down with each individual player to discuss wages. He said: “Our first aim is to still be in the league at the end of the season.

“We need to look at the bud-get. There will be some new faces and one or two players will want to move on. We will look at everyone with fresh eyes and give everyone a fair crack of the whip.

“It would be nice to keep as many as we can. The budget is a big factor, and the fans need to know that.”

Robinson said he would not be donning a pair of boots himself and thought it unlikely that Scrabble would do so either: “We will be focusing on running the ship from the sidelines.”

One familiar face certain to be at The Meres and on the pitch will be another former Gingerbread, Alistair Asher, who joins the managerial pairing as player-coach.

Robinson said: “Asher has still got quality on the ball. He has a good voice in the dressing room. We want leaders.”

Robinson and Scrabble face a tough first test with a visit to FC United of Manchester tomorrow. The Gingerbreads should have a full squad available, with the exception of Gio Carchedi, although Grant Brindley missed midweek training due to illness and Paul Grimes sustained a niggle on Saturday.