I couldn’t take them further

Mick Couzens, new manager of Brighouse Town Football Club.
Mick Couzens, new manager of Brighouse Town Football Club.

BRIGHOUSE Town chairman Chris Lister and vice-chairman Ray McLaughlin will meet tonight to plan a way forward after the resignation of manager Mick Couzens after three league games and one cup tie.

It appears the resignation did not come as too much of a surprise as former Bradford Park Avenue reserve team coach Couzens appeared to be taking the defeats and performances very much to heart and becoming somewhat insular.

McLaughlin said: “Mick is a very good coach but has decided he does not want to manage at this level of football.

“Mick recognises that the level of performance for the team hasn’t been up to the standard required for the NCEL Premier Division, so while disappointed to be losing a manager after only four games, the club respects his decision and have accepted his resignation.”

Couzens said: “I wanted to have a taste of managing a team at this level and I have to hold my hands up and say I am not good enough.

“There were other factors involved as well, but I realised when I was on the touchline at Runcorn that it wasn’t for me.

“I was shocked at the lack of loyalty. When I was playing I played for the badge and the club and it took me a year after returning from Saudi to realise things had changed.

“We were also making so many stupid mistakes on the pitch which I couldn’t vouch for. Those stupid mistakes cost us matches and I said to the players after Saturday I just couldn’t take them any further.”

Assistant manager Barry Thomas and Mark Booth, in charge on Tuesday evening in the win over Scarborough Athletic in front of a 205 crowd, will carry on for Saturday’s home game with Maltby Main and away at Winterton Rangers on Monday.

“We would dearly love Barry and Mark to stay with us in some capacity, but right now Mark has serious health issues in the family and they need his support and Barry doesn’t feel he wants the number one post,” said McLaughlin.

He said the club had already received two applications for the job.

“This is going to be a tough league this time and to have a 50 per cent success rate so far and losing to two very good teams in Staveley and Thackley.

“We are doing all right and on Tuesday’s showing there is a great spirit in the camp.”