FOOTBALL: Pat coy on Corby job

MAN OF STEEL? Spalding United boss Pat Rayment is the favourite for the vacant Corby Town job.
MAN OF STEEL? Spalding United boss Pat Rayment is the favourite for the vacant Corby Town job.
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Pat Rayment has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the next manager of Corby Town after emerging as the favourite for the job.

The Spalding United boss was instantly linked with the Steelmen after Chris Plummer resigned as chief of the Southern Premier League side on Tuesday night.

A former player and manager with higher-graded Corby, Rayment told the Spalding Guardian that he was aware of the speculation surrounding his future – and didn’t distance himself from it.

“I had a few phone calls about this on Tuesday night,” said the Tulips supremo. “At the moment it’s just hearsay.

“But you can never say never in football. Everybody knows that Corby is a club close to my heart.

“It’s a fabulous club with a fantastic fan base and great infrastructure.”

If Rayment was to leave the Tulips, it would be with a heavy heart.

He’s clearly proud of the team he’s assembled at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field – and is convinced that it’s going to be a big season for the club.

He added: “What I will say is that we’ve got a team capable of winning it all here – and you can’t say that too often.

“The strength in depth is frightening and nobody will want to play us in the FA Vase. All of the players are capable of playing much, much higher.”

The Tulips welcome back a host of key men for Saturday’s trip to Long Buckby (3pm), with Jonny Allen, Adam Jackson and Sam Mullarkey among those returning to the squad.

But Miles Chamberlain and Lee Canoville are ruled out and wing duo Dan Cotton and Jake Gibson are both nursing groin injuries.

The Tulips are one of only four teams to have won both of their UCL Premier Division fixtures so far.