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Bevan not expecting to be given Cirencester Town job full-time

As reported in the Gloucester Echo by By Jon Palmer @JonPalmerSport


Jody Bevan says he does not expect to be given the Cirencester Town job on a permanent basis.

He will be in joint caretaker charge with Keith Knight for Tuesday night's home match against his former club Cinderford Town following the sacking of Brian Hughes on Saturday. Bevan is keen to embark on a career in management, but Cirencester chairman Steve Abbley is believed to have two more experienced potential candidates in mind.

Swindon Supermarine boss Dave Webb and John Brough, currently in charge at North Leigh, are two names linked with the top job at the Southern League Premier Division club.

Bevan will be proud to lead the Centurions after enjoying a three successful spells as a player at the Corinium Stadium before joining Hughes' coaching staff.

"I have made no secret of my aim to get into management and I have known for a long time that's what I want to do, but it looks unlikely that I'll be getting the Cirencester job now," Bevan said. "To give it to someone new to management would be a hell of a gamble, but now Brian has gone I doubt there is anyone who knows the club as well as I do. You never know what might happen, but my aim is for us to put on a performance on Tuesday and make sure we hand a team doing things the right way over to the new manager.

Bevan has been preparing for his first managerial role for many years and is confident after so long at Southern League level, that is where he needs to start out.

"I see myself as a studious person, who thinks about the game and rarely lose my temper," he said. I have started doing my coaching badges and I have a degree in sports science, along with 20 years' experience of playing in the Southern League. I have always worked hard and played for some great local managers like Brian Hughes, Tim Harris, Frank Gregan, Josh Relish and Mike Cook and I've taken bits from all of them."

Bevan described Hughes' sacking after Saturday's defeat by Kings Langley as a sad occasion. We have not had an ideal start to the season, but it still came completely out of the blue," he said. The summer was tough with several setbacks with recruitment, but the squad is good enough, we just haven't been able to show it yet.

"We quickly need to find that spark to kick-start to the season, but it was a sad weekend and a horrible thing to happen to someone who has been a guiding light for me throughout my career. What he has achieved on a minuscule budget has been incredible and no other manager around here can rival that in my view.

"I don't think he's been given the recognition he deserves, but I have sensed the job has been getting to him recently. I've only been doing it for two days and it is draining, while Brian did it for about 15 years."

Bevan first worked with Hughes when he was assistant to manager John Murphy at Trowbridge Town in the early 1990s. He signed me for Cirencester three times and we have gone up to the Premier Division three times," he said.

"He was often referred to as 'The Messiah' around Cirencester and I hope he isn't finished in football because his achievements have been second to none and when we won the title we were the original Leicester City!"

This entry was posted on 12 September 2016 at 13:41 and is filed under First Team | Miscellaneous. You can leave a response here.

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