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New Town chief declares: 'I can save Yellows'

BRYAN Chambers might not be Houdini. But Hucknall Town's new director of football has vowed to mastermind a miraculous escape from the Blue Square North relegation-zone.

Veteran Chambers has been appointed by Town chairman Brian Holmes and given the remit of avoiding the drop to the Unibond League.

He will work above rookie bosses Mick Galloway and Andy Miller and will be in charge of all team affairs – from transfers and managing the budget to tactics and team selection.

Galloway and Miller have been demoted to the roles of coaches after a disastrous start to the season in which Town have won only one of 15 games. They sit bottom of the table with just seven points.

Chambers has conjured up magical escapes in the past, playing his part in saving Eastwood Town, Ilkeston Town and Worksop Town from relegations when they seemed dead and buried.

Now the straight-talking Geordie wants to do the same for Hucknall and he firmly believes that, with a bit of fine tuning, The Yellows can cheat relegation.

The 58-year-old was at the New Bucks Head Stadium to watch Town battle bravely in a 3-1 defeat against high-riding AFC Telford United.

"I came away from the game feeling very positive," said an upbeat Chambers. "I can see us getting out of trouble and I am not just saying that for the sake of it.

"If I thought it was hopeless, I would say so. I would say that not even Houdini could help us.

"I will make it work. Everything that is happening to Hucknall Town now, I have been through a thousand times before.

"I will not be using the excuses of wage bills or anything like that. The budget here is not the worst in this league.

"We can manage on it and I have worked with a damned sight less in the past. I am not worried about the job whatsoever."

Chambers is so confident of turning Town around that he has offered to hold a meeting with fans who want to voice their opinions.

"The fans are the most important people at the club," stressed Chambers. "I am confident we will get it sorted out in the next couple of weeks.

"In the week after the Vauxhall Motors game on November 15, I will meet fans at the club whenever they want to discuss how things are going and to hear their opinions."

The former Eastwood boss, who was in charge at Coronation Park for 14 years between 1991 and 2005, insists he is not at Watnall Road to undermine Galloway and Miller and hopes they can enjoy a successful working relationship.

Chambers said: "I want to help Mick Galloway and Andy Miller and I want to improve them as managers. At Eastwood, I brought Paul Cox in as my assistant and worked hard with him. And he turned out ready to do the job.

"I want to use my experience to help Mick and Andy. I want Mick and Andy to be like Paul Cox in two years' time.

"I want all three of us to get our heads together and voice our opinions."

Chambers points to his record of saving teams seemingly destined for the drop as proof that, with his help, Town can avoid relegation this season.

When Chambers was brought in to work with former Nottingham Forest striker Nigel Jemson at Ilkeston in 2006/07, the Derbyshire side were bottom of the Unibond League, Premier Division with 20 games to go.

Chambers said: "Nigel Jemson needed some help and I gave it to him. We lost only three of the 20 games left. Hucknall have 27 games left, so we can do it.

"We have to stay in this league because it is a massive task to get back in it if you drop out of it."

Chambers was full of praise for the coaching that Galloway and Miller have implemented at the club, saying it was absolutely spot-on and second to none.

But he thinks his experience will prove vital in improving the managerial nous of the young duo.

"They are two good lads and I want it to work," said Chambers. "The only way it would not work is if they do not want it to.

"I have the experience and I hope they can benefit from that."

Miller said the appointment of Chambers was a positive move and welcomed the chance to utilise the new man's considerable experience.

Miller said: "We had a good meeting with Bryan. I was very interested in what he had to say. I am sure I will learn something from him.

"Mick and I are only 34 and still learning, so we can only benefit from Bryan's vast experience.

"He is a nice bloke and he knows the local game inside out. He knows players across the country and is very knowledgeable about non-league football."

Chambers took a back seat against Telford before he got stuck into his new job on Monday.

Now he hopes to transfer his first week's work into the game with King's Lynn at Watnall Road tomorrow (Saturday November 8). The Norfolk side have lost only once in six away games this season.

Town have been dealt a defensive blow ahead of the clash with the news that centre-half Marc Stevenson will be out for an unspecified amount of time.

Stevenson broke down in training and it has been revealed he might need an operation to remove cartilage from his knee. I want Mick and Andy to be like Paul Cox in two years’ time.

“I want all three of us to get our heads together and voice our opinions.”

Chambers points to his record of saving teams seemingly destined for the drop as proof that, with his help, Town can avoid relegation this season.

When Chambers was brought in to work with former Nottingham Forest striker Nigel Jemson at Ilkeston in 2006/07, the Derbyshire side were bottom of the Unibond League, Premier Division with 20 games to go.

Chambers said: “Nigel Jemson needed some help and I gave it to him. We lost only three of the 20 games left. Hucknall have 27 games left, so we can do it.

“We have to stay in this league because it is a massive task to get back in it if you drop out of it.”

Chambers was full of praise for the coaching that Galloway and Miller have implemented at the club, saying it was absolutely spot-on and second to none.

But he thinks his experience will prove vital in improving the managerial nous of the young duo.

“They are two good lads and I want it to work,” said Chambers. “The only way it would not work is if they do not want it to.

“I have the experience and I hope they can benefit from that.”

Miller said the appointment of Chambers was a positive move and welcomed the chance to utilise the new man’s considerable experience.

Miller said: “We had a good meeting with Bryan. I was very interested in what he had to say. I am sure I will learn something from him.

“Mick and I are only 34 and still learning, so we can only benefit from Bryan’s vast experience.

“He is a nice bloke and he knows the local game inside out. He knows players across the country and is very knowledgeable about non-league football.”

Chambers took a back seat against Telford before he got stuck into his new job on Monday.

Now he hopes to transfer his first week’s work into the game with King’s Lynn at Watnall Road tomorrow (Saturday). The Norfolk side have lost only once in six away games this season.

Town have been dealt a defensive blow ahead of the clash with the news that centre-half Marc Stevenson will be out for an unspecified amount of time.

Stevenson broke down in training and it has been revealed he might need an operation to remove cartilage from his knee.

 
 
 

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