Former Clarets striker Payton tipped for Padiham manager's role

First published in Padiham Football Club Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

FORMER Burnley striker Andy Payton has been tipped to be the new Padiham manager, but Storks secretary Alan Smith insists the club are keeping an open mind in the search for Craig Chadwick’s successor.

Padiham this week parted company with their manager of two years, on the grounds of footballing differences.

Payton, dubbed the Padiham Predator during his five-year spell with the Clarets, is fancied for the role.

He is currently manager of Burnley Grammar School Old Boys, but laid on a few coaching sessions for his hometown team on a voluntary basis last season.

Despite the connections, however, Smith insists Padiham will consider all applications, after advertising their vacant managerial post.

“We are open minded about who the next manager will be. It would be a tough job for whoever came in,” said the Storks’ secretary, who has thanked Chadwick for his service to the club, as both player and manager.

“He has been a player and a captain and has been in charge of the team for two years,” he continued.

“We over-achieved last season and finished fourth, which was our highest North West Counties League position.

“Through no fault of Craig’s the start of the season was difficult because we lost players through injury and the team was depleted.

“We were disappointed in a sense that we only achieved 51 points, although it was a total that would allow us to stay in the league, which is what we are all about first and foremost.

“We’re not expecting to win the league, but some of the players he brought in weren’t up to the same standard.

“It was a very hard decision to make to part company with Craig but the issue has been a disagreement on how we move forward with regard to team selection.

“He hasn’t let us down in anything he has done, but the board felt it was right we had a change of manager.”

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2:39pm Fri 18 May 12

Real Ale Up North says...

Chaddy is a top bloke and I wish him all the best.However I feel the correct decision has been made.I hope the new appointment will be someone more local who will encourage more local players to the club.That does not necessarily mean I am touting for Andy Payton.It's a case of wanting a manager from the locality, plain and simple.
Chaddy is a top bloke and I wish him all the best.However I feel the correct decision has been made.I hope the new appointment will be someone more local who will encourage more local players to the club.That does not necessarily mean I am touting for Andy Payton.It's a case of wanting a manager from the locality, plain and simple. Real Ale Up North
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5:56pm Fri 18 May 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Has he paid the 5 years worth of council tax he owes yet ?
Has he paid the 5 years worth of council tax he owes yet ? Cha'mone MF
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3:43pm Sat 19 May 12

nontetleysdog says...

Cha'mone MF wrote:
Has he paid the 5 years worth of council tax he owes yet ?
Yes our Hero Steve Kean paid it for him, Venkys are said to have offered Andy £35000 per week to be Head coach at Trampwood but Andy has turned it down as being at that hell-hole is not worth all the money in the world.
[quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: Has he paid the 5 years worth of council tax he owes yet ?[/p][/quote]Yes our Hero Steve Kean paid it for him, Venkys are said to have offered Andy £35000 per week to be Head coach at Trampwood but Andy has turned it down as being at that hell-hole is not worth all the money in the world. nontetleysdog
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