Charlie lines up new Town role

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BRIGHOUSE Town player-manager Paul Quinn has been busy in the closed-season recruiting and restructuring behind the scenes at the club and with this has come the appointment of Charlie Tolley, who is already the vice-chairman of the club and was Chairman previously before stepping down for Chris Lister to take over.

Charlie has been confirmed as Development team manager after stepping up from his duties with the Under 19s. It has been earmarked as a key role for the club as the team enters its inaugural season in the East Lancashire league.

Robert Mitchell has returned to the club as the Development team coach after spells as player-manager at local level.

Charlie is married to Janet and they have two children, Matthew, 19, who is studying at Sheffield Hallam University and is a local football referee and William, 17, who is at CrossleyHeath studying for his A levels and a player at Brighouse Town.

Having been involved in football all his life, Charlie, who is the Managing Director at Elland firm Andy Thornton’s, has his level two as a qualified coach and his level seven as a referee.

Up until two years ago, Charlie was also involved at Rastrick Juniors FC.

“I will be coaching with the assistance of Rob (Mitchell) and we plan to integrate and develop last year’s Under 19’s team to then progress them to the first team,” he said.

“We had a great turn out last week at Huddersfield for the trials and it means we have around 30 players training on a Thursday for the development squad which pre-season is great for us as we have chance to look at everyone and make choices.

“We do have some pre-season friendlies arranged with Golcar United and Kirkheaton,” confirmed Charlie.

“I wanted to get more involved back at Brighouse, and I’m back where I feel most at home and it’s an exciting challenge on and off the pitch.

“Paul (Quinn) achieved a lot in his first season and he has made many preparations for the forthcoming season to move the team on, so it is all very exciting,” he added.