By Matt Bishop
Nuneaton Town midfielder Tom Elliott has revealed it was a “kick in the teeth” when former manager Tommy Wright left the club last week, but already knows who he’d like to replace him.
Wright made the decision to join National League North rivals Darlington late on Friday night, with the Nuneaton squad finding out just hours before they played Stockport County.
It was not ideal preparation for an important game, which the Boro ended up losing 3-1, and Elliott has admitted the news came as a massive shock.
The youngster told the Coventry Telegraph: “We had been training on Friday and the gaffer had set-out what he wanted from the team and everything.
“Next thing we know he was gone and it was a kick in the teeth. It was upsetting and it probably did distract us against Stockport, if I am being honest.
“With it being late Friday night none of us had time for it to sink in. It was a tough one to take, we thought we had turned a corner, but we have to move on now.”
While Saturday’s defeat was a disappointing one, the club is already moving forward with discussions inevitably turning to who will be the next man in charge at Liberty Way, and Elliott knows who he wants appointed.
The ex-Worksop Town man said: “I would love to see to get Chetts back [former assistant boss Steve Chettle]. He was brilliant for all of us on the training pitch and I think him leaving in the summer hurt us so much.”
Chettle, who was a no-nonsense defender in his playing days, made over 400 appearances for Nottingham Forest, and became assistant manager at Boro in 2015 before his appointment as Ilkeston boss this summer.
“He was someone who got things done and did a lot of work with us out there.” added Elliott. “I couldn’t say who will come in, I don’t have those kind of answers, but if it is someone like Chetts then brilliant.
“He is the kind of boss we could work for.”