New manager set to take Chris Symes’ Cornard forward

Cornard United owner Chris Symes believes the club is in good hands after announcing to the Free Press he has appointed Mark Hoskins as manager.

The former Colchester United youth-team coach (1996-1998) has been charged with making pre-season preparations as Symes takes a backseat role after 19 years at the club.

But he may not even get to oversee a match, should the long-running sale of the Thurlow Nunn First Division’s bottom club finally go through before August.

Symes, who took charge of his last game in the dugout at the end of last month, said: “Mark is a very safe pair of hands — he coached the reserve-team here for 10 years before he went to Colchester full-time.”

Hoskins himself said he is happy with the situation at Cornard, with no certainty over his future should the, as yet unnamed, bidder acquire the club.

“I know of the situation and I am happy to take it forward,” he said.

He said it would be a ‘big challenge’ but will have Under-18s boss Steve Chester assisting him, with the emphasis on developing youth.

n Symes is set to star in his own book of his colourful non-League stories, being written with Neal Manning and out later this year.