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Redditch United vacancy comes too soon for skipper Jackman

Liam Moakes 22nd Dec, 2017

DANNY JACKMAN says he wants to be a manager – but the Redditch United post has come too soon for him.

The 35-year-old captain and player-coach has been appointed caretaker-manager after Darren Byfield’s sacking and will take charge when they visit Weymouth tomorrow (Saturday).

Former Redditch striker Micky Moore, who is available after leaving Barrow, has been linked to the job along with ex-Reds manager Gary Whild, who is currently part of Solihull Moors’ backroom staff, and former Gloucester City boss Tim Harris.

Jackman says chairman Chris Swan and the board have asked him to hold the fort, but he will not be a contender for the permanent post.

“Being a manager is something I will look to do in the future,” said Jackman.

“I’m getting to the stage where I’m looking at options after hanging up my boots but at the minute I’m still a player.

“Having featured so heavily on the pitch, it would be hard to combine the two roles. It’s too much of an ask.

“The board have just asked me to take it game by game as caretaker and see what happens.”

Midfielder Jackman, who has a wealth of experience in League and non-League football, joined Redditch in the summer and admitted it was hard to see Byfield exit.

“It’s always a bit of a shock when a manager goes,” he added.

“Everybody was fully behind Darren and, from a personal point of view, I’ve learned so much from him.

“We all know it’s a results-driven business and recent results haven’t been great for us.”

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