Ossett Albion set to make decision on managerial future

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Ossett Albion are set to make a decision next week on whether to keep caretaker managers Steve Nicholson and Richard Tracey at the helm for the rest of the season.

The pair took control of the Evo-Stik Division 1 North strugglers at the start of the month after the club parted company with their previous management team following a winless run that left Albion battling against the drop.

The club have been in no rush to name a permanent successor but could make a concrete decision on the direction they are going to go ahead of next Thursday’s transfer deadline.

And chairman Stephen Hanks believes the pair could be kept on to help keep Albion in the Northern Premier League.

“Steve and Richard are both going down their own avenues to search for players to add to the squad,” said Hanks.

“The transfer deadline is next Thursday and it’s unlikely we’ll have anyone in before then, so they won’t be able to bring their own players in.

“We haven’t advertised the position but we have had a couple of enquiries.

“But my gut feeling is that we’ll keep them on until the end of the season.”

Hanks says Albion’s new temporary management team have endured a “baptism of fire” in their opening games in charge.

Albion have failed to pick up a point since the managerial changes but Albion have gone up against sides all pushing for promotion.

A 4-1 home defeat against New Mills was the latest setback and it followed a 4-3 loss at Ramsbottom United at the weekend.

Albion at least showed some fight in their match at high-flying United, coming back from 3-0 down at half-time to push their hosts all the way and eventually lose out 4-3.

They will have to show plenty more to stay in the division, starting with another tough trip to Cammell Laird today (kick-off 3pm).

“We showed that we can do it against Ramsbottom in the second half and we were unlucky against New Mills on Tuesday,” said Hanks.

“We just need to match what Garforth do and we’ll still be in this division next season.”

Wakefield FC visit Burscough today, while Ossett Town make the trip to Prescot Cables.