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FOOTBALL: Back home
DARREN Perrin says he may not have returned to management if he hadn’t been handed the opportunity to take the helm at Melksham Town.
The former Chippenham Town and Frome Town boss, who had been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Chippenham, is back in charge at The Conigre after being appointed as Dave Clayton’s successor.
Perrin, who guided Melksham to promotion into the Western League Premier Division in the 1996-1997 season and most recently left Southern League Frome in April, says his remit is to keep the side in the top tier of the Toolstation League, as Town prepare to move to their new ground in the near future.
“It’s my club. My dad (Mick) was a player, secretary and chairman and now he’s a life president here and this is where I started my managerial career before I went to Forest Green, Paulton, Chippenham and Frome,” said Perrin.
“With moving in to a brand new stadium, it’s imperative that we stay up.
“When we stay up, we’ll only become stronger and stronger as a football club.
“It will be massive but it will be no good having the facility if we’re a Division One club.
“I’m under no illusions – it’s going to be tough and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.
“It’s similar to when I took over at Frome and people can say what they want but my record of what I achieved there is there for everybody to see.
“There’s no budget and it’s harder to get players to be professional when they’re not getting any money.
“But I believe in my ability and I believe in the players’ ability. I’ll have the full support of the committee and I’d like to think that I’ll still be able to attract players to the club and if we stay up, we’ll be able to attract even better players.”
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