Jody Brown appointed caretaker manager at Redbridge after Kris Taylor resigns

Work commitments reasoning behind Taylor’s decision to resign

JODY BROWN has taken over as caretaker manager of Redbridge, after Kris Taylor resigned from the role due to work commitments.

Taylor started the campaign as joint-manager with Dave Ross who departed at the end of September, but was named sole manager in October after a break down of talks with former Ilford and Waltham Forest manager Kevin Durrant, who looked set to take over.

Brown was one of the coaching staff Taylor brought in, along with Amin Levitt, and joint chairman Dan Holloway, although disappointed by Taylor’s resignation, understands his reasoning.

“Kris was doing a decent job and things looked to be improving on the pitch,” said Holloway.

“But due to his work commitments, where he works for me, he felt he couldn’t continue in the position.

“Jody has agreed to take the caretaker role, and it is something I am more than happy with.

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“He’ll bring a few of his guys in and I am confident he can take the role and I hope the team can continue where Kris left off with a decent squad in place.”

Speaking to the now former manager, Taylor feels he was starting to reverse their fortunes on the pitch, but admitted it was a tough decision.

But Taylor, who works for chairman Dan Holloway, felt more work commitments recently meant he couldn’t focus fully on the job.

“Over the last few months the company where I work has seen there workload treble and I had to have a long think about it but I leave with a heavy heart.

“I feel we were doing well and just starting to turn things around, but I just couldn’t commit myself.”

“I’d like to thank Amin Levitt (assistant manager) for all the work he put in, without him it would have been a harder job, and he brought in a lot of experience which was vital in our improvement.”

When Taylor took over the reins the Motormen were bottom of Ryman One North, but had steadily turned things round and he leaves them in 19th spot, with three wins from the 10 league games he was in charge of.

Holloway has already received interest in the position, but he wants to make sure they get the right man for the Oakside outfit, however long it takes.

“The only thing I am worried about is making the right appointment for the club,” he said.

“We have had a bit of change at the club from the start of the season, but now I want to look for the long term and not do anything detrimental to the club.

“There has already been interest, but at the moment Jody is in as caretaker and we’ll go from there.”

Brown, who has previously managed Halstead Town, will be in charge for the first time on Monday when Redbridge host basement-boys Leyton.

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