Stability must be the key word for Spalding United.
It should be an easy decision to appoint the replacement following Pat Rayment’s departure last week.
The management team is already in place so why would the Tulips even consider making more changes?
In terms of a job application, Saturday could not have gone much better for Marcus Ebdon.
Rayment’s former assistant wants to stay in charge with valuable support from director of football Bob Don-Duncan and coach Danny Hussey.
Give them a chance now and shift the focus on keeping the squad together.
Having already lost the talent of David Bell as a playmaker, Spalding will inevitably need to convince some players to stay.
There should be much more to come, even after such an impressive result and performance in Ebdon’s first game as caretaker-boss.
Rayment had been left frustrated by inconsistent displays and understandably so considering all the efforts over the summer.
Yet the announcement of his departure didn’t come as any surprise.
Last week I was busy moving home and today I’m back in the office for the first time since finishing off our sister paper’s back-page story from the previous edition where Rayment had vowed to carry on!
We shouldn’t be shocked when things can change so soon in football, though.
Although there is no doubt that he had done a great job, Rayment was too quick to release players and go back into the transfer market instead of trying to build a settled side.
The 5-0 victory over Newcastle Town was only the second time that the Tulips have picked an unchanged team so far this term.
There is enough quality in the current line-up to suggest Spalding can make a challenge for a play-off place at the end of the season.
Giving promotion to Ebdon looks the only option because right now the Tulips need stability on and off the pitch.