Tigers go for Burns

PUBLISHED: 09:39 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:39 22 July 2015

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Axminster Town have moved swiftly to appoint former Chard Town boss Ian Burns as their new manager in the wake of the departure from Tiger Way of Richard Pears, writes Steve Birley.

Town released a statement at the end of last week regarding the Pears situation that read: ‘The committee would like to stress that the decision had nothing to do with Richard either as a person, coach and manager. Indeed Richard was well liked and respected by everyone at the club. The difficult decision taken by the committee was on the basis that they felt that the club was not ready to move forward as quickly as Richard was clearly looking to do and that we would not be able to meet his ambitions as manager.’

Burns, a EUFA B licence holder, took in Friday night’s 4-1 home friendly success over Honiton Town. The team that night was looked after by Tigers stalwart Gary McCauley.

The new man in the Tigers hot seat will be in charge of proceedings this Friday night when Tiverton Town are the visitors (7.30pm) for the latest pre-season friendly. Admission to the game is £2.

Chairman Ray Self says: “Ian (Burns) tells me he’s looking work with a squad of 15 or 16. He has extensive contacts and, given that he managed previously in the area I am sure he’ll quickly get a side together.

There’s action at Tiger Way tonight (Wednesday) with the Town Reserves meeting Portland Town Reserves (7.30pm). There will be a nominal charge on the gate for this game.

The Town second string is being managed this season by Richard Challis and he is being assisted by the chairman. It’s a switching of seniority in footballing terms for Self, when manager of Town, had Challis, more affectionately known as ‘Bungle’, in his side.

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