Daniels seeking experienced boss

Stamford's Sam Mullarkey is a target for Corby Town
Stamford's Sam Mullarkey is a target for Corby Town
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THE Daniels will name their new boss on Monday after interviewing the final of four shortlisted candidates today.

Yesterday the club chairman John Drewnicki told the Stamford Mercury: “There will probably be no announcement before next week.

“We are looking for somebody with experience at this or a similar level with good man management and good contacts for a source of players to come in.”

The new man will then be allowed to select an assistant as he sets up a new team in place of Simon Clark and Dave Frecklington.

Whoever is named the fourth Stamford boss in four years, he will need good contacts as the Daniels have already lost the services of Michael Jacklin, who followed Clark to Worksop Town this week.

Striker Sam Mullarkey also looks set to move on after Stamford received an approach from Corby Town this week.

In the meantime, Stamford have prepared for tomorrow’s league match against Newcastle Town with the same management trio who inspired a terrific turnaround at home to Coalville in the FA Trophy last Saturday.

The biggest crowd of the season – 279 – watched Stamford go three down after half an hour but then witnessed an incredible fightback as the Daniels won 5-4 to earn a second round tie at Matlock on October 22.

“It was a superb fightback,” said Drewnicki. “If we can keep the core of the side for the new manager, we could be candidates for promotion. I’ve seen nobody to worry us.”

Tomorrow’s side will again be led by David Staff, Danny Barrett and Guy Walton, who masterminded last weekend’s thrilling victory.

Stamford were all over the place in the opening half hour and were soon trailing a side featuring former Leicester City star Julian Joachim up front.

Defensive errors were to blame for at least two of the goals with a poor back pass selling keper Mario Ziccardi short for Coalville’s second.

At this point, Stamford looked dead and buried but Lee Beeson pulled a goal back with a fine first time shot under the Coalville keeper Sean Bowles before the break.

Stamford then tore the Coalville defence apart in the second half, scoring three goals in an eight minute blitz to lead 4-3 on the hour.

King, Mullarkey, Beeson and Gibson came out firing after the break and should arguably have scored several more.

Stand-in manager David Staff burst into the box to score the crucial first goal after the break with a shot that looped up over Bowles.

Jake Gibson spurned a glorious one-on-one before getting his shot right and slipping the ball past Bowles to level and Coalville’s defence were at sixes and sevens.

On the hour, Gary King gave Stamford the lead for the first time in the game and the Daniels could have scored more before finally extending their lead in the 80th minute when Sam Mullarkey, who had an outstanding game, tapped in the fifth from King’s short pass across the six yard box.

A tense final minutes followed Callum Woodward’ spot kick but Stamford held on.

Youth team director Guy Walton, who was also in the Stamford dugout on Saturday, said: “It was a super day for the club after a dificult week.

“We have to congratulate David Staff and Danny Barrett for the attitude shown by the players.

“It was David and Danny’s enthusiasm that kept us going.

“At half-time the changing room was bouyant.”

Walton added: “It’s the players and their responses to the game that created such a superb result. It keeps momentum and confidence at a difficult time.”

On the way back to Stamford however, could be former youth player Todd Whitby who is currently at Quorn. Stamford have made a formal approach for the player who can play at full-back or in midfield.

Stamford kick off against Newcastle Town at the Premier Kitchens Arena at 3pm tomorrow.They will then face Coalville again – this time in the Doodson League Cup - at home on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

Chairman John Drewnicki added: “Crowds have been going up and it was a fantatstic game last week. We are looking forward to an even bigger attendance this week.”