OLD Brodleians’ chairman Richard Turner has issued a statement to explain to players and supporters why he has moved for a new coaching team at Woodhead.
Not re-engaging Ian Armitage and his assistant Clive Harris has been a hot talking point at the club in the past week.
Armitage took to the club’s official website to put across his position and the chairman has followed suit.
Echo Sport has tried unsuccessfully to speak with Armitage’s succcessor John Cole despite making a 7pm appoinment to do so on Tuesday evening.
“As many of you maybe aware Ian and Clive had agreed to continue with coaching the senior squad for a further season in the knowledge that if the club was able to recruit suitable replacements they would stand aside to allow a new coach or coaching team to take over.
“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Ian and Clive for their tremendous work and outstanding successes over many seasons. Both Ian and Clive coached very successful junior sides with numerous Yorkshire Cup wins to their credit and have introduced many players to the senior game. Ian has led the first team to two successive championships and promotions from Yorkshire Two to Yorkshire One and North One East and ultimately its highest league position in the club’s history. It has truly been a golden period for the Old Brodleians .
“The club had advertised the position through the coaching network in Yorkshire and we are pleased to confirm the appointment of John Cole with Phil Gallagher as his assistant.
“John has been coaching junior sides at the club for many years and assisted Ian three years ago when the club entered North One East. Having taken the under 19s to the National Plate Final as well as the Yorkshire Premier League title last season, John has made himself available and the club are pleased to announce his appointment as club coach with immediate effect.
“Looking forward there is no doubt that we will be facing many challenges next season We are well aware that Yorkshire One is a tough league and we will need to prepare well in pre-season. We will be looking for some early season momentum for both first and second teams and will be holding a pre-season players meeting on Tuesday, July 3 at 7.30 pm followed by pre-season training on July 10.