HUCKNALL Town will look to put a turbulent fortnight behind them this weekend as they begin their festive programme at Northwich Victoria.
The Yellows are still reeling following the departure of not only chairman Derek Blow last week but also joint-managers Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson too.
The coaching duo cited a lack of promised funds as one of the main reasons for leaving, and with several of the playing squad also having departed, it has been something of a rebuilding exercise at Watnall Road over the last week ahead of tomorrow’s Division One South clash in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
General manager Steve Peat said: “We have lost Karl Demidh, Alistair Asher, Emeka Nwadike, Alton Rennalls and Jermain Hollis who have all followed Gary and Ian to Grantham.
“Alex Ford has returned to his parent club, Ilkeston FC, while Burton Albion recalled Evan Garnett and Jack Green.
“But we had 17 at training on Tuesday night and those contracted to the club all know they will be playing for nothing but are happy to do so as they have the club’s interests at heart and want to play for Hucknall Town and not for the money.
“Should offers come in for any and they want to leave then obviously that’s understandable, but in the meantime we have a healthy squad available for the Christmas fixtures.
“We’re also hoping to add to the squad further and have put notice in for some players we’d like to bring in.”
With Jason Truscott and assistant Alex Weston having taken charge of team affairs until the end of the season after moving from Glapwell, they brought in former Cameroon under-21 goalkeeper Alex Malongo this week from their former club.
As well as that arrival, Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox has allowed young striker Joe Flint and midfielder Kurtis Turner to come to Watnall Road on what is initially a one-month loan deal.
Peat added: “We’re very grateful to Paul Cox for helping us out by lending the two players to us. The loans are for a month initially but could be extended.”
Regarding the club’s immediate future, Peat was keen to reiterate his belief that Hucknall Town will survive.
He said: “Lots of things are being said amongst the fans about what is happening but the fact is we’ve got a new chairman in who is working hard to get the VAT bill down and we need people to get behind us.
“We’re not being chased for the bill as such, but HMRC got in touch as they were concerned about the money going out.
“We need to move forward with a positive attitude. I believe the club will survive and that next season, whatever division we may be in, we’ll have a playing budget again.
“There are clubs in this division in worse situations than we are and who may not survive at all.”
Following the trip to Northwich, Hucknall will host local rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare on Boxing Day before another home game, this time against Lincoln United, on Saturday, December 29.
The festive feast will be rounded off on New Year’s Day when the Yellows visit Loughborough Dynamo.
All the festive matches will kick-off at 3pm.
n A FUNDRAISING Christmas Special will take place at the Talk of the Town social club at Watnall Road tonight (Friday)
A 70s and 80s disco will be held with all proceeds from the evening going to the club.
Admission is free and the event begins at 7.30 pm and continues until late.