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Forgione takes charge at Worsbrough

7th October, 2020

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have announced that their new manager is former player and captain Luke Forgione who returns after a spell in charge at Houghton Main.

The club moved quicky to appoint a new boss ahead of Saturday's Toolstation NCEL Division One trip to East Hull following the shock resignation of Lee Morris at the weekend.

Chairman Mark Booth explained in a statement on the club's website why they have picked Forgione: "Luke has made no secret that Worsbrough Bridge AFC is a club he wanted to manage having been a player and captain here and we are naturally excited about the future.

"The board met to review what was a high quality group of applications and we collectively agreed that Luke was the right person for the job."

Forgione will be joined by Gareth Hunter as his assistant manager and James Ritchie as first team coach.

Booth added: "We are also pleased to welcome Gareth and James to the club and look forward to working with all three lads and look forward to a successful period under their tenure.

"I hope that our supporters will get behind Luke and the players in the coming weeks and months and support us in numbers and I am sure together we will enjoy some good times together.

"On behalf of the board of the club, I also want to thank all the applicants that took time to express an interest in the club and wish them all good luck for the future."

Forgione said of his appointment: "I am really pleased to accept the role as manager of Worsbrough Bridge AFC, a club that means a lot to me, having played, captained and previously been in a coaching set-up of the club. I just couldn’t say no.

"I've not hidden that I would love to move into Northern Counties East League football and was conscious of taking the first opportunity that arose for me, however I couldn't turn the club down.

"I'd like to thank Houghton Main for the opportunity to manage them, it's a fantastic club with some great people and platform for any aspiring manager.

"I cannot hide that I’m really happy to be back 'home' and I am motivated and passionate with my staff to continue to build on the great work done by Lee Morris and start to push the club back up the league.

"I want us to play an attractive style of football which will be entertaining and intense and try to make The Pinto Property Stadium a difficult place to come and get a result.

"I want to thank the chairman and the club for the faith they have shown and for the opportunity to manage the Briggers.

"I aim to repay that faith on the pitch and look forward to seeing some familiar faces soon."

(Story Source: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic)

Morris resigns as Briggers boss

4th October, 2020

Toolstation NCEL Division One side Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have announced the resignation of manager Lee Morris.

The news came after Saturday's 3-2 loss at Harrogate Railway Athletic that leaves the Briggers at the bottom of the table without a point in their opening four games.

But, the club say that their position was not a factor in his decision to step down.

A statement on their website said: "It is with deep regret that we announce that Lee Morris has resigned as Worsbrough Bridge AFC first team manager for personal reasons. These reasons will remain between Lee and the club.

"It is important to stress that Lee was under no pressure despite the team's disappointing start to the season and he retained the full support of the board and we have tried hard to keep him at the club.

"Lee was appointed Briggers boss almost three years ago and can look back on his tenure with pride after helping to keep the club in the NCEL in his first season, followed the following season by a seventh place league finish and semi-final in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup before last season was expunged."

Chairman Mark Booth said: "Firstly, I am disappointed that Lee has resigned but fully respect his decision and want to place on record my thanks for his considerable effort and work.

"I have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Lee from day one and that is still the case. During his time in charge, he has brought a style of play that has been entertaining and helped to bring back supporters to the club.

"His record will stand up there as one of the best in recent times with a notable seventh place league finish, the best in over twenty years and last season's memorable run to the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup.

"As a manager, player and most importantly as a man he has been superb for our club, not only contributing on the field but being an integral driving force away from the field as we looked to drive our club forward.

"We part as friends and Lee will always be welcome at The Pinto Property Stadium. On behalf of everyone associated with the club I want to thank Lee for some fantastic memories and wish him all the best for the future.

"Our search for a new manager starts immediately and we will be looking to appoint with East Hull away at the forefront of our minds next Saturday.

"We would ask any interested candidates in the first instance to either contact us via the following email - wbafcchairman@gmail.com - or via our social media channels."

(Story Source: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic)