New manager Paul Collicutt says he has unfinished business at Evesham United after taking over from Shaun Cunnington writes Steve Carley of the Worcester News.
The 54-year-old former Bishops Cleeve boss was handed the job just hours after Cunnington and assistant Paul Tomlinson resigned following Tuesday’s 3-0 home defeat to Mangotsfield United.
It is Collicutt’s first coaching role since leaving Bishops Cleeve two years ago and also sees him return to a club he briefly managed in 1997 after Nick Jordan was sacked.
The new Robins boss, who has twice been in the running for the job only to miss out, said: “It came out of the blue. I had a call on Wednesday morning at about half 10 and the chairman put me in the picture that the previous manager had resigned and asked if I would be interested. It’s the only job that has interested me since I was with Bishops Cleeve and I am really looking forward to it. There are a lot of good people at Evesham. I have missed it and, now I have accepted the job, I am really excited and had no hesitation in taking it at all. I feel I have got unfinished business at Evesham.”
But he will be without striker Carl Brown, who serves a one-match ban for five bookings, and keeper John Bateman is struggling with a back problem.
While Evesham are looking for only their third league win of the season, Shortwood arrive on the crest of a wave after beating Skrill Premier Aldershot 2-1 in the FA Cup to set up a clash with Port Vale.
Shortwood, one place below the Robins in the table, also have several ex-Bishops Cleeve players in their ranks.
Collicutt added: “Football has got a funny way of bringing up these sort of games. I know more about the opposition than I do my own team.”