SAM Collier will be the man at the helm for the rest of Royal Wootton Bassett’s season after the club confirmed it had parted company with Rich Hunter.

Hunter took over from previous manager Paul Brathwaite midway through the 2016 campaign but was asked to stand down following their 5-1 defeat to Wantage Town last month.

Collier, who has been named as interim manager, has since taken charge of the first team and is yet to record a win, with defeats to Flackwell Heath and Brimscombe & Thrupp his only results so far.

Bassett will look to end their dismal run of form, which has seen them lose their last seven contests, when they meet Highworth Town in the Floodlit Cup this evening.

The club chairman Andy Walduck said: “"Making this type of decision is very hard with Rich being such a nice guy.

“He's a gentleman and as a club we owe him a lot for his efforts over the past three and a half seasons, especially the way in which he stepped up to the position of manager last year.

"He has added a lot to the club. He always went about things the right way, helping contribute towards the ethos and playing style we want to encourage and building links between our youth and senior sections.

"We wish him nothing but the best for the future.”