If the rumours are true, then Harry Wheeler is no longer Billericay Town manager. But who could take over from the former St Albans City boss?
An impressive start to the League campaign saw the newly promoted outfit claim the top-spot however, a 2-0 defeat at Chippenham Town led to Club Owner Glenn Tamplin reportedly wielding the axe on Wheeler.
Sources close to Wheeler state that the former St Albans City Head Coach was informed of his departure by text five minutes before full-time, with a call being made following the game to confirm Tamplin’s decision.
The Club are yet to comment regarding the ongoing situation, leaving supporters understandably frustrated following the communication black-out.
Billericay do, however, have a history of undergoing U-turns. Midway through last season, steel conglomerate Tamplin announced that he had stood down from First Team duties following a 5-2 home defeat to Wealdstone in the Buildbase FA Trophy. However, three days later, Tamplin reinstated himself over the experienced Wheeler.
So, if the rumours are true, then who could be taking the reins at the AGP Arena?
Glenn Tamplin – Billericay
Having previously taken over management duties last season, it would be little surprise to see Tamplin take over once again.
The steel mogul took control of the First Team following their 5-2 exit of the Buildbase FA Trophy at home to Wealdstone – the second of four successive defeats in all competitions – and remained in charge until the end of the season.
During that time Tamplin had the experienced head of Wheeler to rely on, but this time it’s different. With very little managerial experience, it would be unlikely that the millionaire will be able to coach his team of superstars to a second successive without assistance.
Jay Saunders – Unemployed
Yesterday afternoon Maidstone United announced that they had parted company with long-serving manager Saunders.
Saunders guided the Stones to three promotions in four seasons, taking the Kent outfit from the Isthmian Premier League to their current position in The National League.
However, after winning just two of their seven League games this season, Saunders and the Club have parted ways.
Saunders was the odds on favourite to accept a move to manage Football League side Macclesfield Town during the summer but opted to remain at the Gallagher Stadium.
With experience of winning promotion from the National League South – albeit through the play-offs – and maintaining a competitive team with a limited budget, Saunders could be a potential option for the Blues.
Gary Owers – Torquay United
The 49-year-old is under growing pressure at the Gulls having failed to avoid relegation to the National League South last season and having a stuttering start to the League this term.
Owers’ side have won two games from their seven League fixtures but their primary concern is a severe inability to score goals, having found the net on just three occasions thus far.
The growing pressure has led to a toxic atmosphere from many Gulls supporters, with Owers having coffee thrown at him and being subject to boos following the 0-0 draw at Gloucester City.
The former Sunderland and Notts County midfielder has never achieved promotion as a manager, but has come close on a number of occasions. In his first season at Bath City, the 49-year-old missed out on a play-off spot on goal difference, while at Aldershot Town he was Assistant Manager as the Shots were beaten by Rotherham in the League Two play-off semi-final.
His lack of promotions may be the only stumbling block for Billericay but, should Owers depart Plainmoor, his experience at National League South level is certainly one to take notice of.