Brighouse Town head to Mossley tomorrow (3.0) having been rocked by the news that their previous manager Paul Quinn has taken co-coach Dave Thompson with him to Shaw Lane.
Thompson confirmed his departure yesterday after 18 months with Town, to join Quinn and veteran John Reid at the Barnsley club now playing in the Evo-Stik South Premier Division.
It is understood that Quinn, now working full time with FA but having permission to coach a club, approached Town chairman Charlie Tolley to ask for Thompson’s release. Town manager Vill Powell, a UEFA A badge holder, will press on with assistant manager Nathaniel Brown and co-coach Leon Wainman at the weekend.
Quinn, 32, was getting “itchy feet” after being out of management for six months. He resigned from Town in the summer after six successful seasons.
Quinn had been in the last four for the Southport post, which went to ex-Bolton and England striker Kevin Davies, and just missed out on the FC United of Manchester post to Tom Greaves, as United opted to appoint from within.
Quinn fits nicely at promotion chasing Shaw Lane to replace highly successful manager Craig Elliott, who has moved to National League North strugglers Boston United.
Elliott, Quinn and the Shaw Lane club forged a good friendship following the tragic death last year of Shaw Lane player Dan Wilkinson following his collapse on the Town pitch in a cup game. Quinn will take his new team to Nantwich Town on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Powell is perturbed by the inconsistency of Town, who ended a poor run with a 3-2 comeback win at Radcliffe Borough 12 days ago, only to crash 3-0 at home to Atherton Collieries.
He said they had been un lucky not to take the lead through Rhys Jenkinson but had then “switched off” and conceded two goals in quick succession.
“Apart from a couple of players who put in a great shift we were lacklustre and even bullied off the ball.”
Seel Park has been a happy hunting ground but the Lilywhites are enjoying a better season under co-managers Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison, They are 14th on 21 points. Town are 20th on 14 points.
Town forward Adam Shaw missed Saturday’s defeat with a chest infection but hopes to return. Left sided French-born player Ferdy Annor will have a fitness test tonight, along with Callum Robinson and club captain Adam Field, whose strength at the back has been missed. The management were also checking on right wingback Ishmael Dawson (arm).
All the talk last Saturday was of the transfers involving Halifax-based ex-Brighouse Town striker Nathan Cartman to Farsley Celtic from Darlington.
Cartman was replacing ex-FC Halifax Town striker James Walshaw, who had teamed up with his old Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick at Scarborough.