All change for AFC St Austell
ST AUSTELL will be looking for a new manager after joint-bosses Jason Chapman and Daniel Nancarrow announced that they would be standing down at the end of the season.
The club’s assistant manager Kelvin Hunkin is also expected to be leaving the club, having been assigned to the role by Chapman and Nancarrow in January.
Chapman and Nancarrow were appointed as joint-managers in the summer, following Phil Lafferty’s decision to step down at the end of last season.
The duo have overseen an injury-plagued season, but despite long-term absences of key players they have done well and should still manage a top-six finish.
That being said there have been several poor performances, including the recent 2-0 defeat at home to Exmouth Town.
Speaking to the Voice Chapman said: “I’ve decided to finish simply because I'm not ready to be a manager.
“At times I’ve found it very difficult as I'm good friends with the players and then it is hard to leave players out or have a go at them when it's your mates.
“I’m too close to players and of similar age. I will definitely manage again in the future but not for another six or seven years, when I decide to stop playing.
“I certainly have enjoyed parts of it and love the coaching and training side but like I said when making tough decisions around friends is hard.
“It needs someone who isn't as close to players and doesn't socialise with them like I do.”
Chapman is a long-serving goalkeeper with the club, having been signed up during Nancarrow’s first spell in charge of the club.
He is hoping to stay on at Poltair Park as a player and added: “I would love to stay at St Austell as a player but I do appreciate that is down to the new manager to decide and will respect that.
“We want to thank the club for the opportunity as they have been brilliant towards me but I'm not ready to be a manager yet.
“Daniel and Kelvin have been superb and really supportive and would certainly like to work with them again in the future.”
The players were due to be told about Chapman and Nancarrow’s decisions to stand down after their Walter C Parson Cup semi-final against Plymouth Argyle reserves.
Rumours are suggesting that Phil Lafferty could be set to return to the club, having had a year out of the game, spending time with his young family.
He had also been linked with the St Blazey job, but with Nancarrow and Chapman standing down it might be the perfect time for him to return to Poltair Park.
Lafferty was the manager of the club in their best season in recent times. He guided the team to the 2014/15 league title and Senior Cup as well as taking the team to the semi-finals of the FA Vase, one game away from Wembley.
St Austell are next in action against St Blazey on Good Friday at Blaise Park, with an 11am kick-off, but after that game striker Liam Eddy will miss the next five matches, being hit with a five-game suspension after accumulating 10 yellow cards and receiving a straight red card against Newquay last week.
- 12th April 2017 14:31
- I respect the decisions made by Jason and Dan. They have an excellent job this season despite long term injuries to several key players, otherwise I am sure we would have top of the league. Hopefully their spell ends with a League Cup Final win versus Exmouth in May.