Grainger auditioning for role as Cornard United boss

Paul Grainger is being lined up as Cornard United’s next manager in a move which has reunited him in the dugout with Chris Symes.

The former Long Melford manager, with a host of experience of managing in the Eastern Counties (Thurlow Nunn) League is being trialled for the Cornard United manager role by owner Chris Symes, rejoining him in the dugout after 20 years apart.

Symes last worked alongside Grainger at Brantham and renewed acquaintances with him at Stowmarket Town on Saturday after he applied for the manager’s job along with three other candidates.

“There is no point making it permament if it is not right,” explained Symes, who will make his decision based on how things go. “I have got other people interested and I will speak to them before Christmas but it has to be the right decision.”

It was not a happy first game for Grainger on Saturday, as basement dwellers Cornard went down to an 11-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Stowmarket, who sit directly above them in the table.

Cornard changed their goalkeeper at half-time with Gary Roberts being replaced by Marcus Weeks, signed from Sible Hedingham, who became their sixth keeper of the camapaign.

Symes said Weeks will start Saturday’s game at Great Yarmouth Town, who drew 2-2 at Whitton United on Saturday.

Liam Whitwell has decided to remain at Cornard after an approach from Long Melford.