Stability the name of the game for new Blues boss

Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018

ANDY Coyles has said “stability” is his number one target after he was appointed Penrith AFC first team manager on a permanent basis.

Coyles was placed in temporary charge after player-manager Kyle May and the club parted company by mutual consent late last month following a poor start to the season.

Penrith received several applications for the vacant position.

Speaking to the Herald, Billy Williams, senior chairman, said: “On Kyle May’s departure Andy took over an impossible situation and along with (treasurer) Matt Rogers did a remarkable job. Andy was by far the outstanding candidate — he knew the club, its strengths and weaknesses.

“We hope this is the beginning of a new era with the introduction of a new secretary, Clive Briggs, and treasurer Matt Rogers.”

Williams added: “We have done remarkable work since relocating to Frenchfield, growing the club to 27 teams of both genders with over 300 players representing the club. The work of every coach and volunteer has to be commended in achieving this. That work continues, but will only succeed if the best local players want it to.”

Outlining his primary target, Coyles said: “Stability, first and foremost. I genuinely think I would be lying if I said I wanted to end up mid-table or in the top five.

“We’ve had an extremely tough few weeks and I guess we’ve mentioned before the amount of lads who left, which reached 10 in total. To even field a team at this moment in time is a success story in its own right.”

Coyles, aged 33, is a senior Northumberland University lecturer and the current head coach of the England Universities men’s football side.

Looking to the longer term at Frenchfield Park, he said: “I would like to put a legacy in place, whether that’s by the end of the season, whether that’s in the next five years, and that legacy is simply to set good standards, to set good expectations for the next generation of players coming into Penrith Football Club.

“And if we can get the foundations in place, that will allow the first team to move forward with the successes of the Academy and Reserve players coming in.”

Penrith have appointed a new first XI physio, Patricia McCarthey, and advertised for a “performance analyst”.

“I’m very supportive of having a performance analyst,” said Coyles. “It’s an extremely important role that can allow us to move forward as a team. Gaining an insight into teams we will definitely play once, twice, three times this season will certainly stand us in good stead in terms of trying to work out what formations they play; if there are any patterns or trends that keep re-occurring when we are playing them — anything to just keep us that extra one or two per cent ahead of the game I think will certainly help us.”