OSSETT UNITED will take their time in appointing a new manager following the departure of Andy Welsh, with players Tom Greaves and James Knowles taking temporary charge while the search for a successor takes place.
The resignation of Welsh was announced on Sunday night with the club in the relegation zone following a poor start to their BetVictor Northern Premier North West Division season which has seen them collect only one win in 10 games.
Assistant boss Paul Quinn has also departed and taken on the vacant role of manager at Tadcaster Albion.
The duo enjoyed great success last year, reaching the league play-offs and winning the West Riding County Cup in the club’s first season following the merger of the town’s two teams.
However, tighter financial restraints made their task a more difficult one this season, and a much-changed Ossett squad have picked up only seven points, scoring just eight goals, in the opening three months of the season.
Welsh’s final game in charge came last weekend as United surrendered a lead in the final minutes to lose 3-2 at home to Kendal Town and slip into the bottom three.
The experienced pair of club record-scorer Greaves and skipper Knowles will step up as caretaker managers, starting with tomorrow’s (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) trip to FC Trafford.
Ossett chairman Phil Smith said: “It is anticipated that the process for a new manager will take three to four weeks and during that time the club is in very safe hands with Tom and James.
“We will be looking for a manager to come in, understand our ambitions and current plans, and implement their own style into the dressing room. We have already received enquiries and this open application period will continue for the rest of this week and next.”