Fenmen look back in search for new manager

PUBLISHED: 00:00 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:57 10 September 2010

Adam Lazzari

Former Wisbech Town skipper Steve Appleby is interested in succeeding Gary Setchell at the Ridgeons Premier Division outfit.

The current Skegness manager is interested in the vacancy at his old club following Setchell's decision to join newly-formed neighbours Lynn FC.

Former Wisbech Town skipper Steve Appleby is interested in succeeding Gary Setchell at the Ridgeons Premier Division outfit.

The current Skegness manager is interested in the vacancy at his old club following Setchell's decision to join newly-formed neighbours Lynn FC. Former boss Dick Creasey is in caretaker charge but has indicated he does not want the job on a permanent basis due to work commitments.

"I had a great time at Wisbech and I have a great feeling for the club," said Appleby. "I am well aware of the situation there, but its early days and I am in charge of another club. But if the question is put to me, then yes I am interested in the job."

Appleby, a former Kettering and Boston player, has had three spells with Wisbech Town, most recently as player-assistant manager under Roy McManus. After leaving Wisbech he had a short spell managing Bourne Town and he has managed Skegness for the last two seasons.

McManus said: "Steve is a great lad and he's very popular with the players. I don't think many players will leave Wisbech if Steve's in charge and it could pave the way for myself and Jackie Gallagher to get involved.

"Steve was invaluable for me. He was like a manager on the pitch. He made training a lot of fun for the lads but he didn't take any nonsense and could be hard when he needed to be.

"If Dick Creasey doesn't take the job then I can't think of anyone better to lead Wisbech into their new stadium."

Meanwhile, caretaker manager Creasey revealed he has had no recent contact with current player-of-the-year midfielder Stuart King who is reportedly poised to link up with Dereham Town. The Magpies lodged a seven day approach earlier in the season which was rejected by the 29-year-old.

Creasey said: "It's a decision for the Wisbech board to make, and I'm staying out of it. For some reason Stuart doesn't want to speak to me.

"I want players who are committed to Wisbech and no player is bigger than the club. I don't know the lad and I have nothing against him. If he wants to talk about things that's fine. I'd be prepared to have a discussion about having him back in my squad."

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