Gilchrist says no to Ossett Town job after failing to win club’s ‘complete support’

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ERIC Gilchrist has confirmed he won’t be applying for the vacant manager’s position at Ossett Town.

The former Ossett Albion boss finished the season in caretaker control of the Stade France side but isn’t interested in taking on the role on a permanent basis.

The 51-year-old respects the club’s decision to advertise the role to other applicants.

But he says he wasn’t keen to continue working at a club that didn’t offer him “complete support” as manager.

“I didn’t feel I had complete support from the committee,” said Gilchrist.

“There are factions at the club that didn’t want me there because of my ties with Ossett Albion and I felt they were just waiting for me to trip up.

“I don’t think Jose Mourinho would have stood a chance going there with two or three of the committee, not everyone was pulling in the same direction.”

Gilchrist was assistant to Phil Sharpe for the first part of the season before taking full control on a caretaker basis following Sharpe’s departure.

He says he was in two minds whether to take up the role at the time but owed it to the players to continue until the end of the season.

“I wanted to stay loyal to the lads there and the lads that I’d taken there,” he said.

“I think a lot of those players would have left if I had at the time and it’d have left the club in limbo.”

Gilchrist is weighing up his options over his next move.

He’s tempted to take a long-awaited break from football but knows the lure of management could be too strong to turn down.

He said: “I haven’t had a break from football since I left school when I was 16 and I’m turning 52 this year.

“It’d be nice to take a break and catch up with some old football friends.

“But I know I’ll end up missing the game so it wouldn’t be surprising if I get tempted back into management at the start of next season.”

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