BRIGHOUSE Town FC have moved swiftly to replace manager Mark Brier who resigned after the last game of the Koolsport NCEL Premier Division season.
The new boss is Mick Couzens a former striker with Whitby Town, Thackley, Eccleshill United and Phoenix Park, who has earned his coaching stripes with the likes of Bradford Park Avenue, Ossett Town and Guiseley.
Town chairman Chris Lister said yesterday that he was ‘delighted’ with the appointment of Couzens from 13 applicants and a shortlist of four.
“He knows his way about at this level, the players and those who can come in and do a job for us, so we feel from a very good set of applicants we have picked the right man,” said Lister.
Couzens, who spent 10 years in Saudia Arabia, after he retired from playing, as a football adviser for the Saudi Aramco Oil Company - the world’s biggest with 20,000 employees-
He had 2,000 children on his programmes.
Upon returning to England, bachelor Couzens, who has raised his late brother’s three children, worked for three years for Manchester United, running their satellite U-9 development courses for six to eight-year-olds at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School.
This also led him to visiting United’s training camp at Carrington each summer with the young players to meet their coaching staff.
Between 2005-09 he was manager of Park Avenue’s championship winning U-19s and also the reserve side in the Lancashire League.
He has joined Town from Park Avenue where he returned after coaching Guiseley’s reserve team and a first team position as assistant to Paul Lines at Ossett Town.
At Nethermoor he had a new set of players and they ended as runners-up in the Lancashire League.
At Ossett he was there for just 13 games, of which they only lost four, before he ended his partnership with Lines.
He has enjoyed a good season with Park Avenue Reserves reaching the Lancashire League Cup semi-finals, the Bradford and District Cup Final, losing 1-0 to Fields AFC in the 91st minute, and having the new side well placed in the division.
Couzens, whose parents informed him the family tree had a French bloodline in it, is also first team manager-coach at Bradford University and as a self-employed football coach he also takes the four to 14-year-olds at West Yorkshire League club Sherburn White Rose.
He is looking forward to pre-season training and confirming friendlies with Guiseley, Park Avenue, Farsley, Benny Phillips’ Ratcliffe Borough and hopefully a Football League club.
It is understood former Town player Mark Booth could be set for a return to the Dual Seal Stadium as his assistant.