NEW Mossley manager Gerry Quinn has revealed his delight at taking over the manager’s role at Seel Park.
The former Ashton United boss was appointed as Jason Beckford’s successor over the weekend.
Although fully aware that he has a big job to do, Quinn said the Lilywhites were a club that had been close to his heart.
He said: “I’ve been watching them for 30 years or so. It’s the nearest non-league club to my home and I’ve played and managed against them.
“It’s the only club I really wanted to manage. I think the directors realised I had a genuine affinity for the club when they interviewed me.
“I regard them as a local team and one with tremendous potential. I know they’ve lost their big financial backer in the Rigby family but I wouldn’t have gone there if there wasn’t some sort of potential.”
Although Quinn’s appointment was only made public over the weekend, he was made aware of the board’s intention to hire him long enough to start building a squad for the new season.
Following the Lilywhites’ relegtion from the UniBond League Premier Division, there is a lack of players on the books at Seel Park, a situation that Quinn is now trying to address as quickly as possible.
He said: “A few players from last year have expressed an interest in staying on but there’s no way we could have afforded to have kept last year’s team on.
“I’ve got to get a team together for the first pre-season game at Stalybridge Celtic on July 24 – there’s no way I’m going there without a decent team otherwise we’ll get a right hammering.”
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