STRATFORD Town will face a Barwell side with a caretaker manager in charge tomorrow after long-serving Jimmy Ginnelly departed.
Ginnelly has ended eight years as Barwell boss to take over at his hometown club, Nuneaton Borough.
The decision means Barwell have appointed assistant boss Guy Hadland as caretaker manager, starting with tomorrow’s match at the Arden Garages Stadium.
Ginnelly, a 55-year-old Nuneaton native, grew up a Boro fan and cited that as one of the reasons for the decision to join the National League North strugglers.
“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to manage my home town club,” said Ginnelly. “I’ve had success with Stockingford, Atherstone and Barwell and the time is right to try and do the same at the Boro. I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Barwell and would like to thank the club and fans for their support over the years. I’d like to think I’ve left them in a strong position, it’s such a well run club and I thank chairman Dave Laing for his understanding and allowing me to follow through this opportunity.”
In eight years at Barwell, Ginnelly led them to promotion, a County Cup victory as well as their highest ever league position and best ever runs in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.
Laing said: “After recent discussions, it will now be formally announced that Jimmy Ginnelly will become Nuneaton Borough’s first team manager. He goes with our best wishes and with thanks for all the work he has done for our club.
“His number two, Guy Hadland, will take charge of our playing matters over the coming weeks.”