Railway begin search for new boss

Ray Green
Ray Green

Harrogate Railway have begun the search for what will be their fourth first team manager in the space of a year.

Under-18s boss Ray Green took temporary charge of the NCEL Premier Division outfit during the latter stages of the 2016/17 season and guided the club to safety following Paul Beesley’s resignation in February, but is now set to switch his focus back to working with Rail’s juniors.

As a result, the Station View outfit - who kicked-off the campaign with Lee Ashworth in the managerial hot-seat - are inviting applications for the position.

“We’re open-minded regarding this appointment, however we have a strong junior set-up here and want a manager who will to give our youngsters the opportunity to play in the first team, just as Ray Green did,” chairman Rob Northfield said.

“Of course we need to be able to put a team out on the pitch that is competitive at this level, but it’s important to me that we continue to bring young players through and help them develop.

“Money will be available for the recruitment of new players, but it will be up to our manager to spend it wisely.”

Northfield was full of praise for the job that Green did in ensuring that the Railwaymen retained their Premier division status, despite being faced with an exodus of the club’s most experienced players after Beesley’s exit, forcing him to field sides made up predominantly of teenagers.

“Ray kept us up and he couldn’t have done any more than that, he did a fabulous job,” he added.

“He got enough points on the board to ensure that we didn’t go into the final day of the season needing a result or relying on other teams doing us a favour, which is quite an achievement really.

“Personally, I would like to see Ray stay on in the role, but it’s his decision.”

Railway are seeking applicants with football management and/or coaching experience and good player contacts at NCEL level.

Anyone interested in the post should email an application to club secretary David Shepherd at Shep@therailfc.com by May 21.