Grantham Town’s board of directors wasted no time in appointing new management – and it’s a couple of familiar faces.
Following the sacking of Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz last Monday, former joint bosses Jimmy Albans and Wayne Hallcro are back in the driving seat.
The club’s board felt that time was not on their side, given Grantham’s current league position, and approached Albans and Hallcro with regard to them returning to the club.
The managerial duo left The Meres just over a year ago after they tendered their resignations due to a budget dispute with the club.
But Hallcro at the time said they had left on good terms and club chairman Peter Railton said they would always be welcome at Grantham.
Albans and Hallcro took the Gingerbreads from the NPL Division One South to the Premier Division with a championship-winning season, which followed on from a play-off final in the previous campaign.
The pair have signed contracts for two-and-a-half years after an agreement was reached over Christmas.
A statement from the club’s directors said they understood if some people were surprised by the re-appointment of Albans and Hallcro after their previous departure: “What must be remembered is the club was in turmoil at that time and with hindsight we all wish things had been handled differently by all concerned.
“The board want to draw a line under that short but difficult time and instead remember the three great years we had.
“Jim and Wayne consider they have unfinished business here and have committed to the steady growth policy of the current board who ask all supporters to get behind them both as they work to move the club away from the lower reaches of the table.”
Albans and Hallcro have been in charge for Town’s last three games. The Gingerbreads drew 2-2 at Barwell on Boxing Day, lost 3-1 at Rushall Olympic on Saturday, and took a share of the points against Stamford at The Meres on New Year’s Day, when the game ended one apiece.
Hallcro said they were happy with the squad they have inherited, but also hoped to be bringing in some new faces.
He said: “We know that there is always a transition period when a club changes managers. Different people do things differently.
“We have got to work to our budget, there is not loads of money to go out and spend and we will have to work with seven day notices.
“We will probably get a mixed reaction from the fans at The Meres. In many respects, Jim and I have regretted the decision we took last year. We regret not seeing the job out then and have been given the opportunity to put that right.
“We got the club into the league and want to finish getting it established. We have got lads at this club who would walk into other sides in the league.
“We can’t believe that with the squad we have on paper that the team has ended up where it is in the table.
“It is a very good squad that has been assembled and we expect to see us moving up the league.”
l The Gingerbreads Soccer School runs every Saturday between 10.30am and 11.30am. It is for anyone aged between seven and 11 who wants some coaching and fun. It costs £4 per child for a session or £20 for six weeks. Meet in the stadium’s foyer.