“I’ve been taken aback by the response so far” says Cinderford Chairman as Managerial applications come in

Cinderford Town Chairman Stuart Tait says he has been surprised and taken aback by the response to the First Team Manager position within 48 hours of the vacancy.

On Wednesday evening Paul Michael and Andrew Smith left their positions as Manager and Assistant Manager and made the move to Southern League Premier side Yate Town.

The Foresters then opened the vacancy and just two days later Tait is delighted with the quality and variety of applications received so far.

“Honestly, its been a whirlwind the last couple of days,” admitted the Cinderford Town Chairman.

“It has been such a surprise and I really have been quite taken aback by the response we have had so far. We received an application within about 20 minutes of putting the post out there for the position, which is great and shows what people think of us.

We have had a number of applicants so far, from all walks really. I will admit there have been a couple I don’t know too much about so it has been great to have a look on Google and social media to learn about them,” added Tait speaking about the initial applications received.

The news that Michael was moving on from Cinderford shocked the local football community and Tait admits that whilst it shocked him, he wasn’t surprised.

“Of course it was a shock to get the news on Wednesday, but in all honesty I am not surprised that Paul is going to manage at a higher level – he really is that good!

I would like to thank Paul and Andrew for their hard work on and off the pitch for the club. They have been there for the players, the fans, the committee and myself and have definitely left the club in a better position than when they came.

Paul is a great friend and we will always hold him in the highest regard and for me personally, I will look back at his stint as manager as being one of the Cinderford greats,” said Tait.

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During our chat we tried to find out more information about who the applicants are but as expected Tait declined to reveal their identities, but he has revealed his plans on the appointment in order to benefit the club in the coming months.

“We are in the process of finalising our new Commercial Manager so I will be looking to review the applications and make contact with them all to set up interviews and more formal chats.

However with that being said, ideally we will be looking to have named our new Manager within the next two weeks – I think that is a realistic target that will give us time to assess each application and also get a new Manager in place to get us ready for the new season,” added Tait.

So with applications still being accepted by Tait and Cinderford Town, we asked the Chairman about what the club are looking for in a new Manager.

“Being honest experience doesn’t matter to me as much as it does others,” said Tait.

“You know, when Paul arrived there were a few questions thrown my way as he didn’t have as much experience at our level as others but he has been fantastic for us because of the type of person he is and that’s the most important thing.

As I said, we have had applicants from all walks and that includes experience.

However what I will say is that after the lows of the news Paul was leaving, it has been amazing at how positive a position we find ourselves in. We are a club who are progressing in the right direction and we will remain positive throughout,” added Tait.

Interested applicants should forward a copy of their CV along with any other information that they feel would support their application to club Chairman Stuart Tait via email at stuart1.tait@openwork.uk.com

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