Melton Town: Hendey takes charge as Thorpe moves on

Tony Thorpe (left) with co-manager Steve Hendey EMN-171101-112713002
Tony Thorpe (left) with co-manager Steve Hendey EMN-171101-112713002
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Tony Thorpe has decided to step down as manager of Melton Town after just eight months in charge.

The former £1 million striker left the club following Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Blackstones, having taken over at the ambitious United Counties League side last July.

Melton lie 12th in Division One in their first season of UCL football, with Thorpe, a prolific striker for Bristol City and Luton Town in his playing days, growing frustrated that progress couldn’t match his expectations.

He initially declined an approach from an undisclosed Evostik League club a month ago, but is now in negotiations for a possible role for next season.

“I will have five weeks off to spend more time with my family rather than stay for the sake of it,” said Thorpe.

“Since Christmas I was thinking about where the club was heading and whether the players could meet my ambitions.

“It has been a very difficult season with one thing and another, but all in all I have enjoyed the majority of it.

“Unfortunately I feel it is the right time to move on and with the opportunities that have been offered to me four or five leagues higher, I would be foolish not to consider them for the sake of my career,

“But we are still only in negotiations; I may take one and I may not.”

Steve Hendey, who came out of retirement to become co-manager with Thorpe in January, will 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. “They are very close to being a side to 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.”

Full interviews and story in this week’s Melton Times and here at www.meltontimes.co.uk from Thursday