Ex-Town boss Brookbanks joins Quorn

FORMER Hucknall Town manager Tommy Brookbanks has another new club — Leicestershire strugglers Quorn.

Quorn were relegated from The Yellows’ Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One South last term after finishing next to bottom with only six wins from their 42 matches. They are expected to drop into the Midland Alliance.

Manager Dougie Keast quit — and now the 46-year-old Brookbanks has taken charge, alongside his new assistant, Mark Harvey, who used to be the goalkeeping coach at Watnall Road.

Harvey replaces Brookbanks’s previous sidekick, veteran Gary Stones, who retired from the game towards the end of the 2011/12 season.

The move follows another torrid season for Brookbanks — in stark contrast to his 14 years of meteoric progress at Carlton Town, where he made his managerial name.

Eager to wipe out the memory of relegation in his first season at Hucknall, he guided them to fifth in the table.

But he quit The Yellows amid the controversy surrounding the Steve Greaves takeover and joined promotion-chasing divisional rivals, Stamford, days later. However they dropped out of the play-off positions to finish seventh, and Brookbanks resigned.

On switching to Quorn, he said: “We are excited to be here. The club are a sleeping giant in non-league football, with facilities that are second to none.

“The club are extremely well-run, and we can’t wait for the new season to arrive to get Quorn challenging for honours.”