Tamworth ‘not in the place it should be’, says new Lambs boss Peaks

He’s left a club in the play-offs to secure a move to the Lamb Ground

Photo credit: Lambs Media

Tamworth welcomed in Andy Peaks as the club’s new manager this week following the departure of Gary Smith earlier this month.

The Lambs are currently three points off the Southern League Central Premier Division drop zone despite being around the play-offs for the first few months of the season.

Peaks left AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who are in themselves in the top five, to join Tamworth after ten years at the club having first been made caretaker manager in 2014.

Addressing his move down the table, the told Lambs Media: “I have been at Rushden for a long period and the club has achieved a lot of success, but when an opportunity at a club like Tamworth comes along you have to look at it.

“I have been in non-league for 30 years and Tamworth has always been known as a big club with great support.

Peaks with coaching staff Neil Champelovier and Tom Chapman / Photo credit: Lambs Media

“It is not in the place it should be and the club had to act to sort things out.”

He added: “I am leaving Rushden in a good place where we have taken them from Step 5 to a good position in Step 3.

 “I have had some great times at the club, with lots of highs and not many lows.

“However, I looked at the bigger picture and I thought it was difficult to do better than what we have been doing.

“Perhaps I have taken the club as far as I can with the resources that they have.”


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Tamworth survival the main goal

Peaks led Diamonds to promotion from the United Counties League his first season in the full-time manager’s role.

He then guided them up to the Southern League Premier in the 2017/18 season.

The 51-year-old teacher is under no illusions of what is expected of him for the rest of the season.

“We need to get enough points on the board to achieve safety, and then we move forward from there,” he added.

“We have a big squad with good players, but I need to get to know them.

“I work hard, and watch lots of games. It helps having been with Rushden for four seasons in this league as I know what the other clubs are about.”

Chairman Bob Andrews said he was pleased to appoint Peaks as the new Lambs boss.

He said: “We had some very high calibre applications but Andy stood out as the person we believe that can take Tamworth forward to the next level.

“He has an excellent pedigree and we look forward to working with him.”

Peaks will have to wait for his first outing as Tamworth boss after the club’s clash with Leiston was rained off.

When he does, he will be joined in the dugout by assistant manager Neil Champelovier and coach Tom Chapman who follow from Rushden.

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