NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Brattan back at Huntingdon as Town form new managerial team in the wake of weekend drubbing
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Former boss Jimmy Brattan is back at Huntingdon Town – little more than four months after resigning.
Brattan quit as boss of the Jubilee Park club in May after one season at the helm, but has now agreed to return as part of a new-look management team.
He will work with his successor, Dan Woodhead, who has endured a difficult spell in charge after having to assemble a new squad from scratch.
Huntingdon have lost nine of their 10 competitive games this season – six of those defeats coming in seven United Counties League Division One games - and immediate action was taken after a 12-1 drubbing at Leicestershire side Anstey Nomads last Saturday when a first Town goal for recent signing Matt Wright was of no consolation.
Chairman Doug McIlwain told the Hunts Post: “The board met last night and it was unanimously agreed that the right course of action was to ask Jimmy to return to the club and take the reins again.
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“He was contacted as soon as the meeting closed and he immediately accepted our offer.
“I was very disappointed to see Jimmy resign as manager at the end of last season as we felt the club made excellent progress under his supervision.
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“We’ve kept in contact as friends and it gives me great pleasure to be able to bring him back in another time of need for the club.
“Dan has assured us he will stay on to work alongside Jimmy and hopefully he can learn from him.
“In fairness to Dan he was the first to admit that changes were required on and off the pitch and we have made them as swiftly as possible.
“Having worked with Jimmy and Dan in the past 18 months, it is clear they both have different qualities which, when put together, can help us move in the right direction again.
“I also spoke to Dan last night and while he is disappointed in one sense, he appreciates what is best for the club and has assured me he is going nowhere which is exactly what I wanted to hear from him.
“The immediate priority is strengthening the team and improving our results.”
Brattan has been working as assistant manager at Peterborough & District League side Netherton so far this season.
He is due to take training – along with Woodhead – tonight (Tuesday) as the club prepare for an early-season six-pointer against fellow strugglers Long Buckby at Jubilee Park this Saturday, 3pm.
Long Buckby have picked up just one point so far in Division One and are one of three sides who sit below Town, who boast a victory against rock-bottom Raunds, in the standings.
The United Counties League are looking into Town’s recent defeat at the hands of Birstall United. They were beaten 6-0 but it understood the Leicestershire side fielded two ineligible players in the game at Jubilee Park.
* Town bowed out of the UCL KO Cup in the first round last Wednesday, losing 5-0 to higher-level Deeping at Jubilee Park.