Thursday, January 21, 2010

And the other Big News Today ...

... is the departure of Stalybridge Celtic Manager Steve Burr for the warmer climes (and closer to his Burton home) of Kidderminster Harriers. A big big blow for Celtic indeed ... but apparently a clause has been written into the contact meaning he CANNOT sign any players from Celtic until February 2011 at the earliest - a very astute move, given that often when a Manager leaves there is an "exodus" of players who will follow him soon afterwards.

He's done a great job at Bower Fold - took them to within an inch of the Conference Premier two seasons ago, a whisker off the Play-Offs last season, and he has assembled a winning side this year that still can (after the fixture backlog has evened it all out) challenge for the Play-Offs at the very least. It would be nice to think he is leaving "on good terms" - with him being mid-contract, the club WILL apparently get a "substantial fee" from Kiddie - can't knock the guy for wanting to improve - witness the "promotion" of Nigel Clough from Burton Albion to Derby County (he too left a winning team in place) - let's hope that Benny Phillips (who takes over today at least temporarily) can keep the Celtic bandwagon on the rails, and the club get what they deserve come May (or June or July, whenever this season eventually finishes!). I for one wish Steve well in his obvious aim to get into the Football League - looks like his CV is getting him work ... unlike mine !!

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