Former Heybridge Swifts boss Jody Brown will ‘consider’ applying for the vacant Chelmsford City manager’s job ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.
The comments come ahead of the deadline for hopeful applicants, with Brown stating he would be open to talking with the Clarets hierarchy if the position matched his ambitions and direction.
It is believed that the role has received plenty of applications with rumours suggesting the club has over 50 candidates vying to take over after Rod Stringer was sacked last month.
One of those linked with the role is Jody Brown.
With plenty of managerial experience under his belt, the former Welling United and Heybridge Swifts boss – who is based in Essex – was quickly associated to the role as a sought-after target by Clarets supporters on social media.
The 40-year-old admitted it was a boost to have his name associated with such a role, suggesting his expertise of Essex and particularly his knowledge of the Clarets could make him a valuable candidate.
“It’s nice being linked to jobs like Chelmsford City,” he said. “I’m confident in my own ability and I know the club is a potential giant. I know about the fan base and see many avenues where the club could really grow.
“I think the fact I live in the area makes me open to things that could be done quickly to grow the club in the community; creating better links, player recruitment and recruiting from other local clubs as well as players coming down from bigger clubs.”
He continued: “I think there is some really good talent that has been missed in recent years.
“I think I would be able to go in and help the club move forward but unless I speak to someone at the club about what is entailed, I won’t know.
“Every manager and coach in the region will be interested in the job, it is an exciting opportunity but until you know what that opportunity really entails, I don’t think you can, and I certainly can’t, say whether it’s an opportunity you want or don’t want.
“I haven’t got enough information to know what it is going to entail.
“All I can say is for myself. I am ambitious, I want to be part of a long-term project with a club that has aspirations to go in the same direction as me.
“If I fit them and they match me then it would be a great opportunity.”
Former Daggers interim manager
Brown has been without a job in football since stepping down as Dagenham & Redbridge interim manager to allow Daryl McMahon to take the reins.
The former Swifts boss admitted it was an attractive proposition to consider due to the Daggers’ National League status, but he chose not to apply out of moral respect for his predecessor Peter Taylor.
Brown joined the East London side as Taylor’s assistant before taking over on an interim basis when Taylor departed.
Speaking about the opportunity to manage the Daggers, Brown said: “It wasn’t so much a case of not wanting it. But he brought me in and I didn’t think it was right to go for a manager’s job of the person who brought you in.
“I just think it’s unethical, immoral. It’s just not the way I work. I wouldn’t apply for a job that my colleague, and the person who had brought me in, had just lost.”
Discussing whether he has the attributes and experience to manage Chelmsford City in the National League South, Brown affirmed his self-belief in having a strong enough background to guide the Clarets if he was asked to do so.
“I’ve managed in the National League before at Welling,” Brown said. “It didn’t go great but like anyone who has been in football for a long time, there is a lot more behind results than just simply the results – there is a lot more that goes into it behind the scenes.
“Things definitely weren’t right while I was at Welling but I’d definitely like to work at that level again.
“As I say, it would have to be the right opportunity at the right football club, in an environment where I felt I could succeed.”
Brown will ‘consider’ applying for the role
Whilst there has been no official speculation linking Brown to the role, City supporters were quick to associate the former Swifts boss with the now vacant position.
Brown admitted he has not yet thrown into the hat but, with less than 48 hours to go until the deadline passes, he said it was playing on his mind.
“It is something I have to consider, I’ve spoken to a lot of people.
“I don’t want to confirm or dis-confirm whether or not I will apply.
“It’s more that the club is 100 per cent appealing. It appeals to me. 100 per cent the potential, 100 per cent the region is suited to me through my knowledge and experience in Essex football.
“If the club shares similar ambitions and is interested in me, then I would obviously be interested in talking to them and hearing more about the role.
“At this point, it’s a difficult one to say whether I will or won’t apply.
“I know the deadline is on Friday, there is every possibility I might apply but they might contact me.”
Hopeful applicants have until tomorrow (Friday 7 February) to submit their pitch for the position.
Robbie Simpson is managing the Clarets on an interim basis, assisted by team-mates Chris Whelpdale and Michael Spillane.