Melton Town: Hendey demands strong finish

Steve Hendy led Sileby Town to the Senior League title in 2014/15, edging Melton into a second successive runners-up spot EMN-171101-112702002
Steve Hendy led Sileby Town to the Senior League title in 2014/15, edging Melton into a second successive runners-up spot EMN-171101-112702002

Steve Hendey is demanding maximum effort from the Melton Town players during the run-in to the season following Tony Thorpe’s departure as manager.

The former Sileby Town boss came out of retirement to become co-manager with Thorpe in January and has agreed to take the reins for the final six games of the season.

“I have six games to sort one or two things out and see where we go after that,” Hendey said. “The season won’t be allowed to peter out that’s for sure.

“The season has been a bit of a rollercoaster, but I think probably now the club is more stable than at any time with the players we have brought in.

“I said to Tony the fact we had two managers meant we had to have a committee meeting before every decision, but I didn’t want to tread on any toes when I came in and let Tony have the main say.”

Hendey has enjoyed success in management at Holwell and Sileby whom he guided to the Leics Senior League title two years ago, in the process denying Melton the honour.

“It took me three years at Sileby to get the side good enough, but I don’t think Melton are far away,” he added.

“They are very close to being a side who can challenge for the league next year providing a few things are sorted out like discipline.

“I have a few irons in the fire for next season, but things change so quickly.”