Glenn Snell explains decision to take Whitton United job

Glenn Snell

Glenn Snell - Credit: Archant

New interim Whitton United manager Glenn Snell never planned on being Paul Bugg’s replacement at the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit, but is happy to bring some stability to the club.

Snell was Bugg’s assistant at United during a successful period which included a league (Thurlow Nunn Division One) and cup (Suffolk Senior Cup) double in 2014.

But Bugg departed the club earlier this month and Snell eventually took over.

“Contrary to reports, I never intended to be the new manager and I think stability is the right word,” explained Snell.

“The reason I stayed was because I didn’t want to see the club lose all its players and staff. I wanted to stay and help the football club, keep morale up, until a new manager was in place.

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“I never thought about being a manager, I’m definitely a coach but if I want to progress I’ve got to take a management job at some point.

“I think the club trust me and saw what myself and Paul achieved when we worked together.”

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Snell’s first league game in charge will be at home to Thetford Town and the new man is targeting consolidation in the early part of the campaign, following an 11th-placed finish in the club’s first season back at Premier Division level.

“With everything that has happened over the past few weeks, we have struggled to attract players, so the short-term goal has to be to get a competitive side together,” he added.

“Lots of other clubs have signed a lot of players and my hope is that after six or seven weeks, they will be struggling to keep everyone happy.”

Snell, who will be assisted by Leon Moore, paid tribute to Bugg.

“Paul has done a fantastic job over the past three years and we get on really well. I was really disappointed when he left,” Snell added.

“I don’t think anyone will achieve what he has there in such a short space of time. Another reason for my decision was that I did not want his legacy to be left like that.

“He has been a massive part of the football club over the past three years.”

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