McManus yet to commit future to Fenmen

PUBLISHED: 16:47 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:27 02 June 2010

By ADAM LAZZARI WISBECH Town may have played their last match of the season but manager Roy McManus has still refused to commit his future to the club. McManus wants clarification from the board about the club s reserve team and his budget for next season

By ADAM LAZZARI

WISBECH Town may have played their last match of the season but manager Roy McManus has still refused to commit his future to the club.

McManus wants clarification from the board about the club's reserve team and his budget for next season.

He said: "There's been talk of the reserve team being scrapped next season to cut costs, but this has not been made official. If this happens I need to know if this is a temporary measure and, if it is, what sort of money will be available to bring in new players, and what size squad will I have to work with.

"I've had a fantastic time since rejoining Wisbech and I've been incredibly proud of the lads for achieving what they have done. But I need to know where I stand."

McManus has spent time coaching football in Togo and a junior league team in the country, called Roy McManus FC, has been named after him.

He said: "I've been invited to go back there in October and to attend Togo's national stadium. If I decide to manage Wisbech next season I will have to cancel that trip because I'll have to commit 100 per cent to the job."

McManus has been a huge hit with the Wisbech fans since taking over as manager from Ian Jones and Mel Mattless in October.

The cash-strapped club was then facing a relegation scrap having won two and lost six of their nine matches and had just suffered a 9-0 thrashing to Soham Town Rangers.

Wisbech finished the season winning nine and losing just three of their last 14 games and finished 12th.

If McManus were to leave the club many would see player/ assistant manager Steve Appleby as an obvious replacement.

Appleby, who will be 41 next week, rejoined the club from Boston United in October and was McManus's first signing.

He said: "If Roy is manager next season then I definitely want to stay. But I live in Boston so if he left I would need to do a managerial role alongside someone else.

"Like Roy, I'm waiting to hear about the board's plans, but I came here to get into management and I've had a great time. I'm keen to continue playing next year as well.

"It's been very refreshing to see the passion and team spirit that the players at Wisbech have.


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