Bolton returns to join Haigh as Cobbydalers co-manager

Stepping up: Ryan Haigh is sharing the Silsden hot seat with Danny Bolton after assisting Andy Geary this season.

Stepping up: Ryan Haigh is sharing the Silsden hot seat with Danny Bolton after assisting Andy Geary this season.

by Jim Rosser
Silsden have confirmed the appointment of Ryan Haigh and Danny Bolton as joint managers of the first team following the departure of Andy Geary.
Chairman Sean McNulty said he was delighted that both have accepted their positions.
Asked if he thought the “marriage” would work. McNulty said that both were completely happy with the situation.
“It was natural for the club to promote Ryan following the resignation of Andy,” said McNulty.
“We have always tried to promote from in the club and Ryan has served his time, first running the reserves and then assisting Andy.
“He has brought many of his former juniors into the first team and ran the first team when Andy was absent. “Danny, has always been “on the radar” since he worked with Chris Reape a few years ago and when Andy departed he showed an interest in returning to the club.
“It was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
Back in harness: Danny Bolton has returned to Silsden.

Back in harness: Danny Bolton has returned to Silsden.

Both appointments follow the club’s tradition of “promoting in-house”.
“Although most teams plump for one manager, teams do occasionally have two managers and Barlick even moved up to the Premier Division in the North West Counties with three!” added McNulty.
“Another factor we considered was the workload. Having spoken to Andy before he finished his second stint at the club it was clear that there was so much to for the manager to do.
“We will have played 58 games this season, including pre-season friendlies.
“The managers also have to run training sessions, follow the progress of the Development squad players and sometimes watch opponents or other players who might fit into their plans.
“Both Danny and Ryan have jobs and families and I felt we needed to spread the load to prevent burn-out.
“I have been impressed by how the pair have gelled in the last fortnight and Danny has responded with his and Ryan’s thoughts and plans.”
The returning Bolton said: “We are looking forward to Saturday’s game at home against West Didsbury & Chorlton and building on the solid start the lads have made in the last two games.
“We started as a management team for the Winsford game and introduced ourselves as a partnership to the players before the game.
“Their attitudes to the news was second to none and you could feel a buzz in the changing room right from the start of their preparation for the match.
“We talked to them about how we wanted them to set up and what style of play we would be looking at introducing from now until the end of the season.
“We have a lot of pace and youthful enthusiasm in the squad and this assists towards the attacking style we are seeking to implement.
“They showed, during the first half of the Winsford game, that they could create attacking opportunities but, despite having eight efforts on goal, we went in at the break at a stalemate.
“The second half was slightly different, but it showed us that defensively, we could cope as a unit after being put under pressure for periods of a half.
“The team looked strong defensively and that was through the back four sticking to their responsibilities and being supported by a midfield that protected them throughout.
“We were very happy with the clean sheet and result and looked to keep the momentum moving throughout the week.
“We trained at the club midweek and the session we put on was both enjoyable and also provided the lads with a further insight into how we want football to be played at the club.
“They all trained in the enthusiastic manner and to the level we demanded from them and it was evident to see that the dressing room buzz was getting better and better.
“Ryan and I talked in the changing room to the squad before the AFC Liverpool game about how we wanted to see improvements from the players both individually and collectively week on week.
“We emphasised that we wanted make it a fun changing room but also how we wanted to become winners and get results from games whenever possible.
“They again responded by showing a desire to compete with a strong AFC Liverpool outfit and went a goal up in the first half.
“The lads continued to show a defensive matureness beyond their years, by defending in numbers when required and setting up in a style which made us difficult to beat.
“The final whistle provided us with a deserved three points, clean sheet and the lads enjoyed the win in the changing rooms afterwards.
“We are now already looking at preparing for next season and building on the foundations that are already in place with the squad.
“Ryan and I have an extensive knowledge of local players, both from Lancashire and Yorkshire, and we are looking at adding quality to the squad, which will see the club achieve our objective of improving season on season.
“Pre-season may seem a long way away to some but we are wanting to have things in place at the club that will mean that as a squad and management team we are ‘hitting the ground running’ for next season.
“We are a semi-professional football club and as such we demand that we compete like one and present ourselves like one.
“We are seeking to make Silsden FC the No.1 football club in the Bradford area, a solid outfit in the North West Counties Premier League and to do this we want the local community to come and join us on the journey.
“The club is in a fantastic position at the moment and there are exciting plans in the pipeline that we hope will move the club to the next level.
“We are both extremely excited and committed to being a successful management team for The Cobbydalers and we intend to bring success and a family atmosphere to the club.
“If you are ever free for the weekend and want to come down to the club, you will always be welcome to sample the superb facilities and watch an entertaining game of football.”

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