FOOTBALL: Loyal Pat staying with Tulips

STAYING PUT: Pat Rayment has ended talks with Corby Town.
STAYING PUT: Pat Rayment has ended talks with Corby Town.
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Pat Rayment is promising “unprecedented success” with Spalding United this season after walking away from negotiations with Corby Town.

The Spalding supremo has been heavily linked with the Steelmen for the past two weeks, but has told the Spalding Guardian that he’s going nowhere.

A former player and manager with Corby, Rayment admits that he held lengthy talks with the club and was tempted to leave the Tulips behind.

But he felt the “drawn out” negotiations at Steel Park were becoming detrimental to both parties and has ruled himself out of the running to replace Chris Plummer.

The former Peterborough United professional is now fully focused on delivering a landmark season at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field – and thanked the club, fans and players for their support.

“It’s true that extensive talks with Corby took place,” said Rayment. “But the time scale of these talks was becoming detrimental to Spalding United.

“It wasn’t Corby’s decision, I’ve made the call to walk away from negotiations.

“It’s a very difficult decision for me to take, but I’ve decided to show some loyalty and appreciation to the club for the support they’ve given me.

“A lot of time, work and money have gone into assembling this team and I’m excited to stay and bear the fruits of my labours.

“We have a great team at Spalding and I’m convinced we’re going to have an unprecedented season that’ll break all sorts of records.

“The support and backing I’ve had from the club is overwhelming and I hope to pay that back on the pitch.”

Rayment’s decision to remain with Spalding will come as a huge relief – and perhaps surprise – to many involved with the club.

Fans at Saturday’s 4-0 win over rivals Holbeach United were already discussing likely replacements for their gaffer, with Dick Creasey, John Chand and Steve Appleby among those mentioned.

But most hoped that Rayment would stay put – and that’s a view echoed by Tulips’ co-chairman Eddie Reeve.

He said: “We’re delighted that Pat has decided to stay – and proud that we’ve managed to keep him.”

One man not staying with Spalding is Jamie Thurlbourne. The left-sider has moved to Newmarket Town.