Next season failure is not an option
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Steve Kittrick will remain as Guiseley’s manager next season, the club confirmed today.
Kittrick’s position at Nethermoor was in doubt last week before summit talks were held.
It was clear in Kittrick’s comments last week that there were tensions between himself and the board following a failed attempt at winning the Blue Square Bet North title.
However, its looks like his good record as Lions manager and the fact that champions Chester FC were unstoppable may have spared him the sack.
But it is fair to say that next season will be his last chance at guiding Guiseley into the Conference Premier.
Over the last few years, the board have invested a substantial bit of money improving Nethermoor and this summer will see more changes to make their ground fit for Conference Premier football.
The board, led by local businessman Steve Parkin, will continue to support Kittrick with an ambitious playing budget. But this time around, failure is not an option.
The pressure is on, but if Kittrick’s men perform like they did this season – with 91 points which earned them second place – then the Lions will have a great chance of winning the title.
Jack Rea, Wayne Brooksby, Phil Marsh, Gavin Rothery and Zack Dale are confirmed for next season, while striker Kevin Holsgrove, who missed the play-offs because suspension, is joining FC Halifax Town.
Expect quality Conference players to arrive at Nethermoor because Kittrick quite simply has to make sure his side hit the ground running straight away.
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