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Jackson becomes player-coach at Armthorpe

27th August, 2018

Following Steve Lyon relinquishing his position as first team coach during the close season, Armthorpe Welfare have announced that Alan Jackson has stepped up to replace him as player-coach.

Jackson joined Welfare in mid-October last season, playing his first game in a 4-2 win at Campion, and making 20 appearances during the campaign which yielded five goals.

And now, he will work alongside manager Mick Carmody and assistant boss Ben Chapman in a bid to move the club up the Toolstation NCEL Division One table.

He said: "I am delighted to become part of the management team at Armthorpe Welfare Football Club.

"I have known Mick Carmody for nearly 20 years and it is fair to say I was surprised when he contacted me last year to see if I was 'fit' - I thought he knew me better than that! Due to family and work commitments, I had stopped playing Saturday football at any level.

"Mick gave me an opportunity to start playing again and the timing was right. Since that first nervous game away to Campion, I have not looked back and really enjoyed myself at the club."

Jackson continued: "This year, I was asked to be involved with Mick and Chappy. I accepted immediately and without hesitation. The atmosphere around the club is brilliant and there is a great unity with everyone involved.

"Mick, Chappy and I have a realistic but very much achievable plan. The lads are working hard and developing at the same time. I am looking forward to the season ahead and hope I can help take the club forward both on and off the pitch."

Carmody added: "We had a chat over the summer and I'm happy to say Alan agreed to come on board with the management team. We also know he still has lots to offer as a player, too.

"Alan and I have played together most of our playing days so I know how he works and trust his input completely. We have similar ideas and want to develop the club in the same way.

"He's a big influence in our dressing room and all the boys listen and respect what he offers.

"We have a tight group these days and Alan has played a big part in bring the lads together so long may that continue.

"Ben and I felt after losing Steve he'd be the obvious choice so we're both delighted he's agreed and we look forward to working together as a team."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

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