Ex-Town star helping out Wanderers

FABIAN Wilnis will be in the dugout for Ipswich Wanderers tomorrow at their Ridgeons League Division One bottom-of-the-table clash at Cornard United.

The former Ipswich Town player has accepted an invitation from the club to help out while they continue their search for a new manager - and is hoping it leads to something bigger.

Wanderers parted company with Steve Buckle two weeks ago, with Reserve team managers Angelo Hodge and James Leach installed in temporary charge.

Wilnis took training on Tuesday evening and again last night at the Humber Doucy Lane club and will oversee tomorrow’s fixture at Blackhouse Lane against Cornard, who are one place and one point above second-from-bottom Wanderers.

The former Town full back was assistant manager of Dutch non-league side VV Heerjansdam, who came over to England to play a friendly against Wanderers in mid-August.


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VV Heerjansdam, who compete in the Hoofdklasse, the second highest level of amateur football in the Netherlands and three levels below the nation’s top-flight, The Eredivisie, comprehensively defeated Wanderers 8-1.

But it his involvement with a sports wear business in this country that has seen Wilnis return to England and he is currently living in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

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He said: “I am not coaching in Holland any more because I could not afford the time.

“I have moved back to the UK because of my business interests, and Ipswich Wanderers contacted me and asked if I could help out. They asked me to do a couple of coaching sessions and help out at Saturday’s game.

“It will be a one-off, but I am focusing on trying to get the three points.

“With all due respect to Ipswich Wanderers I am looking for a bigger challenge, and I am available now if something becomes available.”

Roger Wosahlo, development officer at Ipswich Wanderers, said the club were hoping to make the appointment of a new manager by the middle of next week.

He confirmed that Paul Bugg, Leiston’s reserve manager, had accepted the job but then turned it down after he received an improved offer to stay at Victory Road.

Meanwhile, Stowmarket, who are rock bottom of the table, are expected to make an announcement on Steve Jay’s successor as manager soon.

Debenham LC can expect a hefty fine after failing to fulfil their Ridgeons League Cup fixture at Wroxham on Tuesday night. The tie was awarded to the home team after Debenham cried off because of player unavailability.

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