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Midfielder Ben Jevons has called on Chasetown FC’s players to give outgoing manager Charlie Blakemore a winning send-off.
The Scholars boss will bring the curtain down on a successful spell in charge after the clash with Stafford Rangers tomorrow (October 15).
But despite an indifferent start to this season, Jevons believes Blakemore will forever be remembered for rocketing the club through the non-league pyramid.
“Charlie has been a great manager and his record speaks for itself,” said the midfielder. “His rapport with the players, fans and fellow managers is great.
“He has brought this club from nowhere really and it’s funded itself with prize money and sponsorship which has been fantastic and the gaffer has been a massive factor in that.”
Jevons has been a shining example of Blakemore’s ability to spot a player with potential.
The goalscoring midfielder is just one of a number of players who have arrived during the outgoing manager’s eight-year spell and gone on to enjoy huge success.
“The gaffer brought me to the club and has got the best of me,” explained Jevons. “To go from a Rushall sub in the league below, to play 90 games for Chasetown in the league above scoring 29 goals, shows he has the management skills.
“The club, the team and myself all owe him lot and we repaid him with the promotions and the cup run which were great.
“In recent weeks though you can tell the gaffer has been bringing his work with him, he looks tired and it’s all getting on top of him a bit.
“He was always one to make sure he was at every session every week, but it was getting to a point where we would see him once a week on Saturday so who knows when his family would see him!”
Former Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town boss Chris Brindley will take up the reins following Blakemore’s final hurrah tomorrow.
And although the new manager is sure to want to put his own stamp on the squad, Jevons is confident he’ll soon get the Scholars moving in the right direction.
He said: “New managers bring in fresh faces and fresh ideas which will be exciting times for the club and hopefully we can start climbing the league after a very indifferent start.
“We need to make sure we start that process on Saturday in Charlie’s last game.”
Kick-off at the Scholars Ground tomorrow is at 3pm.