Brown back at Ripon City

Charlie Brown (far left) led Ripon to victory in Whitworth Cup
Charlie Brown (far left) led Ripon to victory in Whitworth Cup

Ripon City have confirmed former boss Charlie Brown will take over the reins again for the forthcoming season.

Brown stepped down from the role at the end of the 2011/12 season and passed the reins to Paul Vincent.

Vincent led the club to fifth in the West Yorkshire Premier League last term and guided the club to a historic triumph in the League Cup.

And Brown, who advised Vincent throughout last year, reckons City are now capable of challenging the league’s top sides.

“We have to be looking now at top four or five,” he said.

“When people take about the top sides in the league, we get mentioned now.

“We have to keep doing that but that’s not an easy task.

“If we can get anywhere near what Bardsey have done we won’t be that far away.”

City started searching for an experienced gaffer after Vincent stepped down due to increased work commitments at the end of the season.

But, after interviewing various candidates, the club accepted Brown’s offer to lead the side.

The new boss has scooped Boroughbridge goalkeeping legend Alistair Hogg to form part of his new coaching set-up and he hopes last season’s triumphant players will stick together.

Brown said: “I know where we are and where we are going. I said, ‘if there’s no one we really fancy then I will do it’.

“We had some kids come in wanting to do this and that but we wanted someone who had managed at this level.

“I know the league, I know the clubs and I know the team.”

“I was never far away last year. I was always in the dug out and changing room but it wasn’t my team. I was just tagging along.”

The returning gaffer insisted there will be few changes to the style of football played by Vincent’s squad last term, although he admitted “I’m a little more old school with defending”.

“Playing out of defence gave me a few extra grey hairs at times but Vinno wanted to play that way,” he added.

“Most of the lads have indicated they are stopping, so with a few additions we will be very strong.

“We need the players we had last year. The secret for what we did was we had a decent squad size.

“We had a strong bench and that’s a measure of how good your side is.”