Sunday, 3 March 2013

Phil Sharpe is the Man to Save Ossett Albion

By James Grayson (Twitter - @jamesAgrayson)
Phil Sharpe is the man Ossett Albion need to turn to if they want to avoid relegation after the departure of joint-bosses Lloyd Fellows and Paul Watson last week.
Former Frickley Athletic, Bradford Park Avenue and Harrogate Railway manager Sharpe has a track record of galvanising teams in sticky situations and he fits the bill for Ossett.
He somehow kept Frickley in the Northern Premier Division during his time there on one of the smallest budgets in recent NPL history. He then had a successful spell at Bradford where he won the NPL President’s Cup and had them challenging at the top of the NPL Division One North.
Harrogate Railway was the next stop and he did a good job despite the low budget before a move to Ossett Town where he had to cope with savage budget cuts. Albion have a small budget and Sharpe knows the score and how to cope with limited resources. Sharpe also inspires an excellent team-spirit within his camps.
Albion have 14 matches to save their season and a call to Sharpe will be a step in the right direction.
Caretaker bosses Steve Nicholson and Richard Tracey failed to inspire a much-needed victory at Warrington Town at the weekend after losing 2-1.
Former Emley captain Nicholson and ex-Bradford Park Avenue striker Tracey were handed the role after Fellows and Watson left Ossett one point above bottom-placed Garforth Town and 11 league games without a win.
And Ossett know Garforth are hot on their heels as Town are improving. Garforth were unlucky to lose 4-3 at home to New Mills after leading twice in the match.
Ossett host Salford City next week at Dimple Wells.

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