Wanderers return for Guyon
NICK Guyon has arrived back at Ipswich Wanderers confident that he will be successful in his latest trouble-shooting role.Guyon managed Wanderers before leaving to join fellow Jewson League Premier Division club Harwich and Parkeston where he helped the Shrimpers stave off relegation last season.
By Elvin King
NICK Guyon has arrived back at Ipswich Wanderers confident that he will be successful in his latest trouble-shooting role.
Guyon managed Wanderers before leaving to join fellow Jewson League Premier Division club Harwich and Parkeston where he helped the Shrimpers stave off relegation last season.
The experienced defender or midfield player has played a couple of times since his return to Humber Doucy Lane and is expected to be in the Wanderers side for their home game against Bury Town tomorrow.
"I have told manager Alan Dilloway that I will help in any way I can," said Guyon today. "I have not been given an official title but will be happy to work on the coaching and scouting side.
"When I left the club before Ipswich Wanderers obviously felt that they needed a change. The last thing I want to see happen is for them to go down to the First Division. They have so much riding on retaining their Premier Division place – from the first team right through the club and down to the highly successful PASE School of Excellence run by Colwyn Rowe."
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Guyon, who has Bury and Wivenhoe as two of his former clubs, said that the future is looking promising. "From what I have seen over the last couple of matches Wanderers are on the verge of turning things round.
"The attitude is right and we will be looking to get three points from our game against Bury. I have talked with Alan Dilloway and we have agreed on how we will work," added Guyon, who has just completed a UEFA B coaching course run by PASE director of football Rowe at Humber Doucy Lane.
"I have had a few clubs in my time, but I can't have done too badly as they keep asking me back. I went to Harwich and worked hard with manager Andy Clarke and Richie Powling to lift the Shrimpers up to fourth from bottom.
"With concerns over whether the Royal Oak ground will be sold or not there are a lot of problems at Harwich both on and off the field.
"This has affected the players and the frustration can be seen by the mass exodus of players in recent weeks. When I learned that Wanderers were interested in me I spoke to Andy and he released me."
Clarke has since left the Shrimpers' hot seat while defender David Head has recently returned to Wanderers and his brother Simon signed for Woodbridge Town.
"I spent three seasons at Wanderers before going to Harwich and still have a feel for the club. I am sure I can help the manager get them out of their current situation," added Guyon.
Wanderers are currently third from bottom, four points above Swaffham Town and two above Newmarket Town. They have two games in hand over Swaffham and one in hand of the Jockeys.
Former Arsenal defender Powling, who has managed Tiptree, Sudbury Town and Harwich in the Jewson League, is now working in local football on a consultancy basis.
Experienced keeper James McKenna has signed for Wanderers and he played against Dereham last week when regular James Hollman was unable to make the match.
Stowmarket Town have striker Stuart Jopling available to face Fakenham at home after being successful last Friday when he made a personal appeal against a sending off.
Mel Aldis' side will have no Boxing Day fixture like the rest of the Premier Division after bringing forward their scheduled home game against Felixstowe and Walton United to last Wednesday.
This is because the club will be closed during the two-day festive holiday period. Football fans who want to get some fresh air on Boxing Day have the choice between Ipswich Wanderers v Woodbridge Town in the Premier Division and Leiston v Whitton United and Needham Market v Hadleigh in the Division One. It will be best to check with home clubs for kick-off times.
Back to tomorrow and Woodbridge face a tough test at a Wroxham side who won comfortably at Felixstowe last Saturday.
Wroxham, along with Lowestoft Town, are the two teams with a chance of extending AFC Sudbury for the title, although the latter are odds-on to pick up the silverware.
Felixstowe are coming together under the guidance of manager Paul Adams. He has signed a number of talented young players and their progress is such that Felixstowe have collected some good results in the last month although they are only two points ahead of Wanderers having played two matches more. Tomorrow the Seasiders travel the width of Suffolk to meet a Mildenhall side who are still in the FA Carlsberg Vase.
In the Division One, Needham Market can continue their climb up the table with a win at Wisbech reserves although the Cambridgeshire side has not lost a home match in the league this season.
A victory could see Needham shoot up to fourth place and leapfrog Leiston who are at home to Warboys and are favourites to collect a win. Louis Newman's Hadleigh United can do both Needham and Leiston a favour by beating second-placed Histon reserves at Millfield.