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Lessons are proving fruitful at Eccleshill United
Eccleshill United are flying high, and up until midweek were perched at the summit of Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One.
The Eagles go into this weekend in second place, looking to reclaim top spot, which is a testament to the managerial skills of new head coach Lee Duxbury.
The former Bantams midfielder is just seven games into his tenure, so he must also be a quick learner.
Duxbury modestly said: “I’m settling in.
“The job is all new to me but I’m enjoying it and getting used to everything about Eccleshill. I have some very good players here at the club, and the current league position shows that.”
However, Duxbury, who was assistant manager to Paul Dickov and reserve team boss at League One outfit Oldham Athletic last season, is experienced enough to know that there is a long way to go.
“I’m very pleased with the lads at the moment but I keep telling them that it’s about standards. You can’t afford to let them drop whatever club you are at because someone else will be ready to come in, so it’s all about keeping your shirt.
“I’m coaching and training them all the time. I don’t give them an easy time and they know not to expect that - they are good kids.
"I work a lot with the RIASA players down at Leeds Met but we have some good English lads, like Marcus Edwards, who has been excellent for us.
“The lads have to do things right and have the proper attitude. They are young, eager, have the willingness to learn and also have the desire to succeed. That was me as a player and that is me as a coach now.
“With John Hendrie, Mark Ellis, who has coached at clubs all over the world, and myself, they are getting the best football education.”
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