Filling Fergy Void At Man Utd Is Easier than Wilkin’s departure To Wrexham FC.

Pound for pound Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has an easier job filling Alex Ferguson’s  boots than anyone taking on the Nuneaton Town Gig after Wrexham FC got Kevin Wilkin . We all have to start somewhere and Wrexham Boss Kevin certainly did and finished plenty during a fantastic journey. No nine-figure war chest in the People’s Premiership, then again The Wilkin’ s, Neil Aspin’s (FC Halifax – same record as Wikin but in successive seasons – watch for a Port Vale move if the poor run for The Valiants continues) and Gary Simpson’s (Lincoln) of this world don’t need it.

With ‘Golam’ gone having failed to keep the precious Red Devils in the Champions League. Louis transformed all before our very eyes on Sunday with some tactics, coaching and a million in change out of £150 more for the summer shopping trolley.  Did he even take it back for the quid or leave it in the car park? Back in the real world Kevin Wilkin, alas, from a Nuneaton point of view, is now at Wrexham FC and beginning to work the magic there. A win against top of the table Barnet could see the Dragons hit the play-offs in the People’s Premiership, sponsored by Vanarama.  The man who can, presumably got in his van and signed eight (Click for details & look for the shirts) for peanuts and a promise of glory. The Dragon’s squad is worth about £350,000 on paper, although it is certainly appreciating on the pitch.

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So it is no surprise that Nuneaton have struggled to replace him. Following liquidation in 07/08 Town sprinted back up the pyramid under his guidance coming second in the Southern League Division One Midlands. The following season saw a second successive promotion,- second again – from the Southern League Premier Division. Then in 2012, Nuneaton finished fifth place in the Conference North and won the play-off final. His record is outstanding and together with the experienced Gary Mills as his assistant Wrexham suddenly look like play-off contenders. Tough test tonight at the Buzzing Bees of Barnet. Mills is unlikely to return to the Midlands even though he has local connections with Tamworth, but Marcus Law might. He was at the Forest Green Rovers game on Tuesday night and will probably be even more interested in the job now that Brian Reid has fallen on his sword.

With regard to filling that Nuneaton void, I had to laugh at some of the other names on the bookies slate. Property developing Guru Robbie Fowler has been listed as  25/1, while Dean Saunders and Garry Flitcroft are both 12/1.  Why even Goldilocks and the three bears might turn up is  Gary Waddock and Ronnie Moore turn up for interviews, whispered locally and linked with the new Tamworth opening up the road. Current favourite and assistant boss Mark Noon is favourite for the job, but does not want the Lambs hot-seat full-time. Must be the mint sauce, apologies for that.

Understandable, though take a look at Wilkins record –   could you fill that void.

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Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Nuneaton Town 1 June 2006 20 March 2014 348 151 110 87 43.4
Wrexham 20 March 2014 Present 17 7 4 6 41.2
Total 365 158 114 93 43.3



Posted on September 16, 2014, in Uncategorized, Vanarama Premier News, Writers - Vic Erzantarz and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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