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Owners ring the changes at Truro City

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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IT HAS just been another uneventful week in the life of Truro City!

Apart, that is, from the team ending up in the middle of a massive blizzard as they unsuccessfully tried to get to Tuesday's game at Eastleigh and the appointment of former manager Steve Massey as the unpaid Head of Football Development at Treyew Road.

In addition, amongst a raft of other appointments, the club's ambitious new owners, Pete Masters and Philip Perryman, have engaged Rudi Grenfell, previously with the Cornish Pirates, as the club's new marketing manager.

Talking point

But it is the appointment of 54-year-old Massey which has been the main talking point for City fans, bringing as it does the potential for possible conflict with first team manager Lee Hodges.

But Massey, who also enjoyed great success with City as a player, said he wanted to lend a helping hand and not take over.

"I am really excited and looking forward to the challenge. It is a privilege to be given the job," he said.

"In a sense I will be learning on the job. Although my responsibility is for all the club's teams the first team is of paramount importance at the moment.

"I want to help Lee, though he was naturally wary when I spoke to him, but that should not be the case.

"I will be an extra pair of eyes, but I will not be telling him what players to pick.

"But I do feel we have perhaps been feeling a bit sorry for ourselves with all that has happened.

"It is a great club and importantly now has a structure which it did not have before."

Ahead of Saturday's home game against Chelmsford City (3pm), Truro are anchored at the foot of the Blue Square Bet South table on just nine points.

But Massey believes they can make a "great escape" and survive to play a third season on Step 2 football.

Club chairman Masters said: "Steve's first task is to support Lee Hodges as first team manager in every way possible to ensure that we have a squad that is capable of returning to its winning form in an attempt to avoid relegation whilst planning for every eventuality in future.

"It is still mathematically possible to stay up and anything can happen and even more so when you consider the financial status of one or two other clubs in this League at this particular time."

City will at least be hoping that the Chelmsford game goes ahead after Tuesday's fiasco as they tried to get to Eastleigh.

The bus got as far as Taunton, but was then engulfed by a blizzard, leaving little alternative but to turn back after talking to league officials.

Manager Hodges, who had been driving to the match by car, said: "We wanted to play the game and were looking forward to it, but the roads were just too dangerous."

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