As one era ended a new one was ushered in within 48 hours as Peter Duffield was appointed as successor to Tommy Taylor whose time as Belper Town’s manager came to an abrupt end after the defeat at Sutton Coldfield.
Taylor offered his resignation to Nailers’ chairman Vaughan Williams on the Sunday morning after only winning two out of eight league games and being knocked out of the FA Cup.
Whilst opinion amongst supporters had been divided about whether Tommy Taylor and assistant Jon Froggatt had been given long enough, there was considerable pressure on Taylor who knew that Belper’s new chairman was looking for success, so his resignation offer was accepted and his short reign at Christchurch Meadow was over.
Peter Duffield had already been very high up on Belper’s wanted list at the end of last season and was still available, so it took very little time for Duffield and his assistants Mick Godber and Sean Heard to accept the post and after two training sessions to get to know his new charges, went into last Saturday’s game at Carlton.
“ I received a call last Sunday and asked if I was still interested in the job and I said I was; it’s as simple as that,” said Duffield.
“I applied for the position in the summer and while I was disappointed not to get it,” the club spoke to me and gave me the reasons why and were very professional about the whole thing.”
“I’m very pleased to be manager of Belper Town and me and my team will work very hard to bring success to Christchurch Meadow.”
The majority of the playing squad that Taylor and Froggatt had put together agreed to stay on for the trip to the Bill Stokeld Stadium and only skipper Mark Camm left the club having opted to return to Rainworth Miners Welfare.