Mildenhall Town interim boss Dean Greygoose has revealed a strange month ended with being told he was the new Hall manager before he got a call.
It came hot on the heels of his sacking as part of the management team at divisional basement dwellers Diss Town earlier this month.
He claims he knew Mark Reeve had been lined up as his and Mike Derbyshire’s replacement seven days before it was announced, though Diss’ chairman and Reeve dispute this.
But after long-serving boss Christian Appleford decided to step aside this week, Greygoose says he is fully focused on what he describes as a ‘surprise’ opportunity at a club currently six places higher (14th) than his former employers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table.
“Two people contacted me saying ‘I’ve heard you’ve got the Mildenhall job’ and I did not even know Chris had left,” said the former Bury Town joint manager who holds a UEFA B Level Three license. “Someone had put my name forward, apparently.
“Then I got a phone call, and I was not going to turn it down.”
Explaining interim means he is on a deal which will be reviewed at the end of the season, he added: “I am really excited about it.
“I spoke to Christian for about an hour the other day and I feel sorry for him, as he has been here a long time and done ever so well.”
Greygoose, who is also a youth goalkeeping coach at Norwich City’s academy, as well as Needham Market Under-18s and having his own goalkeeping school, believes a defensive injury crisis is responsible for Hall’s current malaise.
And he has already agreed a loan for an unnamed centre-half from a higher-league club, who could feature in time for tomorrow’s home game against Thetford Town (3pm).
Meanwhile, Appleford, 36, has insisted it was his decision to stand down after four-and-a-half years at Recreation Way, following their 2-1 defeat against Haverhill Rovers, but that he feels the club is left in a better state than he inherited it in.
“I always said that this would be my last season at Mildenhall as five years for any person at one club is long enough,” said Appleford, who only managed one win in their last six league matches. “I just felt this was the right time to leave and for the club to bring in someone new and get things sorted properly before the start of next season.
“While the results of late have been disappointing, I was not forced or pushed out — it was all my decision.”
Club chairman Martin Tuck praised the man who won the Cambs Invitation Cup in his first season (2010/11), as well as other highlights, such as beating Wisbech Town 9-0 and then champions Wroxham 4-1.
“My personal thanks goes out to Christian, he has put in so much time and effort for the club over the past four and a half years,” he said, before welcoming Greygoose.