Waiting game pays off for Liversedge

Liversedge chairman Steve Newton feels he has been rewarded for not rushing their managerial appointment

Liversedge chairman Steve Newton feels he has been rewarded for not rushing their managerial appointment

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Liversedge chairman Steve Newton insisted that the club should not rush into anything when former manager Eric Gilchrist resigned, and he feels the policy has paid off.

Sedge’s committee, headed by Newton, who himself had some good years in charge of the team as manager, placed club captain Dominic Riordan in charge.

Reserve-team assistant manager Dave Thompson stepped up, and recently they added the experienced Alan Colquhoun.

Newton said: “When anything happens, it takes time to sort things out and settle down, so there’s no point going at it like a bull at a gate. We didn’t want to go down that route.

“I think we’ve got a good mix in the coaching team now but the trouble at the moment is having games called off. We are not playing enough games.

"Our league doesn’t have extra fixtures over Christmas and we have had a few postponed since then.

“It doesn’t help when you are trying to build something. The squad is made up mainly of young kids and they are chomping at the bit - they just want to get out onto the pitch.”

Liversedge have lost some players to higher-ranking clubs since Gilchrist departed, and they have had to turn to the junior sections for replacements.

The financial constraints at the club are such that the committee feel it is the only way forward.

Newton added: “That is the way we have to go because we can’t compete with the clubs in our division that have big budgets.

"We are not at the higher end of the non-league ladder but, even at this level, there are clubs throwing a lot of money at it.

“But I think it is the best policy to bring young lads through and try to instil that affinity with the club. We want to bring the players through and give them a club to be proud of and one that they want to play for.

“We don’t want players who want to move on for an extra five or ten quid. We want them to be here because they enjoy playing for Liversedge.”

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