SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt has ruled himself out of the team manager role, writes Nigel Pearson.
Allitt took charge of the team for the 2018 season before his ill health saw Peter Schroeck come into the club.
Following Schroeck’s departure last week, many people have jumped to the conclusion that Allitt will automatically step back into the hot seat.
However, Allitt insisted: “I never wanted the job back because I’m so busy.
“I didn’t predict Peter leaving and I remain sad about it but that’s what happens in sport sometimes.
“I’ll step in and offer help until such a time we get a permanent manager but I really don’t want the role going forward because I have so much work to do.
“I’m heavily involved with Lynn and I’m also helping out at Peterborough on behalf of Keith Chapman.”
Allitt is only too aware of the possibility that Lynn could go through an entire season without winning a home match, having lost all five meetings so far.
“As a club we will do all we can to avoid that,” he said. “We have tried to change the team in the last week or so but we can’t get riders here from the continent.
“We’ve tried Danes, Swedes, Poles, you name it, but we can’t get them here.
“We have to work with what we have got and going forward we need to enhance the youth system and protect young British riders to give them opportunities.”
The Stars have already changed the look of their septet, with only captain Lewis Kerr and Thomas Jorgensen remaining from the team that started the season, albeit Erik Riss being absent due to injury, rather than having left. Ryan Kinsley, Craig Cook, Lewis Bridger and Ty Proctor, as well as manager Schroeck, have all parted ways from the club.
The latest blow sees Cameron Heeps taking a two-week break to recover full fitness. The recent signing has been struggling to recover from a shoulder injury and has set a target of July 29 for a return to action.
Allitt added: “The sport is facing huge challenges right now and this is not the first time Lynn has faced a crisis and it won’t be the last, because that’s how sport can kick you when you’re down.
“What we need to do is stick together as a club and I include our brilliant supporters in that.
“We are working on the future of Lynn speedway but we need our fans to support us in our remaining five home meetings.”
The Minors & Brady Stars return to action next Thursday when they face Belle Vue at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The Manchester side are hotly tipped to become champions for the first time since 1993.