In-demand Heggs is weighing up options
Paddy DavittFormer King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs is in talks with two Conference-level clubs. Heggs revealed yesterday he had already been contacted by chairmen higher up the football pyramid following Lynn's High Court winding up case.Paddy Davitt
Former King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs is in talks with two Conference-level clubs.
Heggs revealed yesterday he had already been contacted by chairmen higher up the football pyramid following Lynn's High Court winding up case.
The ex-Lynn boss, however, has not ruled out returning to manage a newly-reformed club at The Walks but is yet to hold formal discussions with any prospective interested parties.
"I have had contact from another club," said Heggs. "But I'm not going to take the first thing that comes up unless it's the right offer. I'm not in any rush to jump into anything. I've got a couple of things that interest me but I still have a big affection for King's Lynn football club.
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"I'll just have to wait and see but I'm not going to make any rash decisions - hopefully if you get rewarded for endeavour and knowing your job I may be given a chance. I've had friends phone me and say wait until it folded and I'll give you a call but nothing concrete.
"There isn't much money in football at our level right now. Someone may give me �50 to be a coach or �100 a week to be an assistant but I have to wait for the right opportunity. My priority was making sure my players have been taken care of. We managed to do that by and large so I'm the only one left unemployed."
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Heggs admits the challenge of leading Lynn back into the upper echelons of non-league football could convince him to stay in Norfolk.
"I don't see any club out there at the minute without a manager that is as big as King's Lynn," he said. "Of course it's unfortunate they went down two leagues or potentially could go down two leagues.
"But I'm 39. I'm a young manager. You could almost say a YTS manager as it used to be in my playing days. I'm not 54, 55, been doing it for 20 years and I'm running out of a bit of enthusiasm.
"I'm absolutely brimming with enthusiasm. If the board is right and they had the same ambitions that I've got we could be in the Conference North and I could still be only 42, 43 and at a big club like King's Lynn. It's a big ask, but if you don't set yourself goals and dreams what is the point?"
Heggs is convinced a newly-reformed club will come back even stronger.
"For the area of King's Lynn it will definitely have a football club because it's too big not to," he said. "They'll rise again, no doubt about that, but unfortunately they have hit a massive brick wall. I will always be grateful to King's Lynn for giving me this opportunity. My CV reads better now than before I got the job and for the rest of my career and the rest of my life if anyone asks me about King's Lynn I'll tell them straight. I had a wonderful time at a wonderful club."
Heggs bears no ill feeling to the club's former power brokers.
"I'm not going to allow feelings like anger and frustration to get in the way," he said. "When I first got the job I truly believed that was because no-one wanted it and I built everything up from that point.
"Towards the end we were playing some decent football and that is something I can be really be proud of. I made some fantastic friends and I absolutely loved every minute of being with King's Lynn so I'm not going to allow myself to focus on the negative side.
"Unfortunately at my age I can't go and play for someone so I've got no income coming in. If I'm lucky enough someone may offer me a job. If not I'll be left with no alternative but to find a job - a normal job, not in football. I feel I've got all the qualities and attributes you need to be a good manager but if there's any businessmen out there who need a Midlands sales rep I'd definitely consider that as well."