Neil’s in charge now

Neil Crossley has taken over as first team manager for Garstang Football Club.
Neil Crossley has taken over as first team manager for Garstang Football Club.

Garstang FC has appointed a new team manager following the recent departure of Iain Swan.

Taking charge is Neil Crossley, a former professional who played with Bury, Accrington Stanley, Morecambe and Lancaster City, where he later became first team coach and assistant manager.

He has taken up the reins from reserve team manager Paul Bailey, who with his assistant manager Alec Curwin has been looking after first team affairs on a caretaker basis.

The new appointment comes after the club was dealt a double blow at the end of last month when both manager of three years Swan and assistant manager Dave Porter stepped down from their posts.

Since the double departure the club has been searching for a new man to take on the role.

It had been thought that Paul Bailey was one of the front runners for the post.

However, last week he 
unexpectedly withdrew his application, saying he had decided to stay with the reserve team.

Paul said: “After much soul searching I have decided that I would rather remain as the reserve team manager.

“I have an emotional bond with the team that I do not want to break and I feel it is right for me and the club to pull out of the process.

“I also have a great relationship with the youth team manager, Dave Graham, and will be looking to progress our young players. I can’t wait to get back to the old job.”

Chairman Adrian Wilding said: “The applicants were of a very high calibre, so it was a difficult decision, but having
made that decision we are 
delighted that Neil has accepted the position.

“I totally respect Paul’s 
decision, which is a brave one, but having spoken to him I think it is the right one for him.

“Paul and Alec (Curwen) have done a great job for us in the interim, which we really appreciate, and the reserves will be delighted to have them back to continue their great start to this season.”

Neil said: “I’d like to thank the chairman and the committee for giving me the opportunity to manage such an ambitious club.

I’m confident that my experience in the game can add to the previous work done by Swany and that I can help the club move forward”

Club chairman Wilding 
also paid tribute to Paul Southward and Marc Armstrong, who have been managing the reserves on a temporary basis. He said that had done a good job in holding the fort druing the selection process.

Garstang are at home to Hesketh Bank on Saturday, kick off 2pm.