Symes set to bow out at the end of season

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After 30 years and more than 2,000 games in the dugout, Cornard United’s Chris Symes will pick his last team a week on Saturday.

The 66-year-old, who took his coaching badges with Sir Alex Ferguson and claims to have helped inform him how to beat Sir Bobby Robson’s great Ipswich Town side in the 1980s, will leave football management behind for good after the season-ending home clash against Team Bury.

Although he is adorned with league titles from his spells at the helm at Braintree Town and Chelmsford City, he could bow out after completing a whole season without a single point.

The Thurlow Nunn First Division basement dwellers played a half with 10 men on Saturday, following a red card, in a 9-0 home defeat against Saffron Walden Town, then followed it up with a 5-1 loss at rivals Long Melford on Easter Monday — making it 43 consecutive league losses and 50 games since they last tasted a league win (October 2011).

“I only have two games left, that is the good thing about it,” said Symes, who combines the ownership of Cornard with a host of other roles, including joint first-team manager with Paul Grainger.

“I have been fed up for three years and trying to sell it.

“Plan A is a sale and plan B, Cornard United will survive, but I won’t be the manager — I have someone else to run it for me, I can’t say who it is.”

Symes’ latest attempt to sell is now in the hands of the unnamed bidder’s solicitors.

He added: “We have had all the meetings it is now up to him and his solicitor.”

Asked how he would look back on his last season and if it was the worst he has experienced, he said: “Oh yes. I am probably getting paid back for all the championships I won in the early days.

“If the win comes it comes, if it doesn’t I’m still out.”

Before hosting Team Bury in his swansong, Cornard travel to Ipswich Wanderers (sixth) on Saturday (3pm).