TOMMY Brookbanks this week walked into a new job as the row over his exit from Hucknall Town rumbled on.
As reported in the Dispatch, milkman Brookbanks (45) quit Watnall Road as two consortiums battled to take over the club.
But now he and assistant Gary Stones have landed the vacant management posts at Stamford, who are riding high in the same division as Town.
By a remarkable stroke of coincidence, The Yellows play Stamford at Watnall Road in their next league match on Wednesday October 26.
“It is a lovely club, full of nice, genuine people,” said Brookbanks. “They worked hard to get us and showed they really wanted us.”
Unwanted was how Brookbanks felt when announcing his decision to resign after a torrid 18 months at the helm at Hucknall.
He claimed he was forced out after failing to get financial assurances he needed from new owners, Steve Greaves and Michael Johnson.
And he was frustrated that the takeover bid of a second consortium, which he favoured, appeared to be blocked by club president Brian Holmes.
The Dispatch understands that this consortium was headed by well-known Harley Street dentist Dr Colin Hancock (65), who hails from the Glapwell area and almost bought Mansfield Town three years ago.
“The reason we left was because we had no assurances from the new investors about them keeping us on board,” said Brookbanks.
“If new owners are coming in, surely one of the first people they would want to speak to is the manager. But we heard nothing. It was all clandestine.
“I have nothing against Des Lyttle in all of this. He obviously wants to get his name on the managerial ladder. But I know for a fact that he was spoken to before we resigned.”
However Greaves this week insisted Lyttle was only approached when it became clear Brookbanks was not going to stay with Town.
“I saw a text message Tommy sent to the club’s chief executive, Liz Morley, about being approached by Stamford,” said Greaves.
“I would have been happy to come in with Tommy as manager. I like him. He is a massive man-motivator. But everything happened before we took over.”
New Town boss Des Lyttle and other former Nottingham Forest stars, including David Johnson, Ian Woan, Nigel Jemson, Peter Davenport and Gary Mills, are in action in a charity match at Town’s Watnall Road ground on Monday night. The match is to raise money for Nottingham Children’s Hospital.