By Mark Williams
MILDENHALL Fen Tigers are closing in on naming their new team manager ahead of the National League campaign – despite club legend Robert Henry turning the job down this week.
Henry is arguably one of the Fenmen’s greatest ever riders after being handed his West Row debut in 1976 – one year after the club formed.
Although he was believed to be close to agreeing terms with the club, he rejected the offer this week due to work commitments.
“Rob was very popular here and he was the man I wanted all along,” said co-promoter Kevin Jolly, who competed in the same Tigers outfit as Henry in the late 1970s.
“I was disappointed when Rob turned down the offer, but he had his reasons and now we must find someone else who wants to take on the challenge.”
Jolly, along with fellow promoters Chris Louis and Michael Lee, is eyeing a number of alternative candidates and refused to rule out a possible return for former boss John Adams, who had the Fenmen on course for a play-off berth before the club folded in August.
“John certainly has to be one of the options because he did a fantastic job here last season – nobody can doubt that.
“The only thing that hinders that move is that we did say when we took over the club is that we wanted to build something fresh from top to bottom. But, we will have to see.”
Meanwhile, Jolly added a fourth rider to his ranks this week following the signing of Jack Hargreaves. The 23-year-old is returning to the sport after a two-year break and joins Oliver Rayson, Joe Jacobs and James Brundle to have agreed terms in West Suffolk.
“After I had made the decision that I wanted to resume my racing career, I heard that Mildenhall were interested, I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to get started.”
n The club is holding a fans’ evening on Saturday, March 5 (7.30pm start), in which the promotion team is set to discuss its plans for Mildenhall Fen Tigers.