Charlotte Henbest: World of Sport

NEXT IN LINE? Former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney.
NEXT IN LINE? Former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney.

IT looked inevitable that FC Halifax Town would part company with their rookie manager Darren Kelly as panic set in upon seeing last Saturday’s 6-3 home defeat by Braintree Town.

They were already 10 points adrift of safety.

Under Kelly since his appointment in October they have conceded 37 goals, including two lots of seven and then this latest six-goal haul.

In the close-season, Town lost quite a few of their quality players to club’s that could offer more in terms of full-time employment, including one player heading for Barnsley.

More and more teams have gone full-time in the National League and The Shaymen are left to train in the evenings after a day’s work for the majority of them.

The hardcore fans who live locally and talk to me were prepared to give Kelly more time with the hope he could recruit in the January window and then turn the tide and climb to safety, but the chairman David Bosomworth admitted on Tuesday evening that defensive issues and relegation contributed to Kelly going.

I know my dad recommended David Penney to Town’s Northern president Geoff Cope, who he had brought in at Doncaster Rovers as a player and then after two seasons, with chairman John Ryan’s nod, they promoted him to manager.

Ahead of his interview, Penney went to watch Town’s home game with Chester and identified the defence as being weak and in need of sorting.

At Doncaster he built a side that got them promoted out of the then Vauxhall Conference, the following season straight out of Division Two and then established them in Division One before he left for Darlington.

Penny was interviewed for the Town post but not taken on despite helping manager Phil Brown and Southend United get promoted to League One last season.

Come on Mr Bosomworth, David Penney is your man and he will save your bacon.