A CHAIRMAN who holds the firing button doesn’t usually put himself forward to pick up the pieces, but that is exactly what Jimmy Holder did at Halstead Town.
The top man moved from the boardroom to the dugout to become the Rosemary Lane outfit’s third boss in quick succession after the club saw Jody Brown step down because of ill health on the eve of the campaign, and then things didn’t work out for Rob Munro.
But Holder combined the two roles and decided the club’s new strategy is to blood youngsters from their fledgling academy, a move which yielded some promising results and a mid-table finish after the squad, who finished sixth previously, had largely disbanded.
“The campaign was really enjoyable and very successful,” said Holder. “We were presented with some problems and had to overcome them ourselves from the very start but I identified some good prospects from the academy and more than 12 played which was fantastic.”
Holder hopes the season will be remembered as the one where Halstead Town became firmly embedded in their community once again with local talent given time to shine in the Ridgeons League.
A 5-0 walloping of Ipswich Wanderers on October 30 at home leaps out as one of the most memorable results, but Holder picks out the 1-0 success at promotion-chasing Stowmarket Town as his most enjoyable.
Holder, who will be back in the dugout for some more hands-on running of the club on the field from August, believes a new manager may have not felt so comfortable with putting his neck on the line with youth, which is why he stepped forward.
l Halsted are currently looking for a new Reserve team manager for next season and anyone interested should contact chairman Jimmy Holder on 0771921410.