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Cables appoint new manager

Prescot Cables have named Andy Paxton as the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League club’s new manager.

The former Burnley, Clitheroe, Prescot Cables, Southport and Skelmersdale Utd keeper left Stormy Corner to succeed Neil Prince at Valerie Park after working for more than five years alongside Skelmersdale boss Tommy Lawson.

Prince, who took over last summer, departed recently after a third defeat of the new season at the hands of Glossop North End left Cables propping up the fledgling First Division North table.

Prescot lost 4-0 at home in Prince’s last game in charge and Paxton,  will get an early chance to lift spirits and take revenge for his predecessor when he takes his new charges to the Arthur Goldthorpe Stadium in the preliminary round.

Paxton, who enjoyed a reputation as a penalty save specialist and played in goal for Lawson at Prescot when the club won promotion into the EVO-STIK NPL from the North West Counties, will want to make an immediate impact.

As well as the Glossop defeat, a 6-0 midweek reverse at home to Witton Albion and 4-1 loss on the opening day at Clitheroe, Cables went down to an 8-0 drubbing at Trafford recently.

The new Prescot manager has the experience to quickly turn around the club’s fortunes.

At Skelmersdale he helped Lawson win the First Division North title and Liverpool Senior Cup.
In a statement released confirming his appointment, club officials said he would be assisted by Steve Pilling who won two cups while gaining five years of managerial experience at Atherton Collieries.

In a message to Cables fans Andy said: “I’d just like to start by thanking the club in appointing me manager of Prescot Cables. It’s an honour to be named manager and back at the club where it all started for me in non league.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by all of the messages I’ve received and can honestly say I didn’t expect them - so thank you!

“Cables has always been at the heart of Merseyside football. Going back throughout the years we have grown and developed some of the best talent in the area.

“The likes of Carl Baker, Karl Ledsham, Karl Robinson, Connor McCarthy and just last season Jack Phillips, are all a part of Cables history - successfully moving through the football pyramid.

“This is something that we as a football club and you as supporters can be very proud of.

“You have played a huge part in the highs and we have also experienced the lows throughout the years - but I think we can all point to some great memories.

“So what now? As far as I am concerned the season starts now! That’s what I told the players and it is what I genuinely believe.

“It’s obvious that we have a lot of work to do to get things right on the pitch.

“I can only promise that both my management team and the players will do everything they can to battle for every result. Success in football is measured by points and there is no hiding from that.

“The players and the coaching staff genuinely need all of your support throughout this season and cheer and get behind us every step of the way.

“We will give it everything and I hope we do you proud.

“Finally, I look forward to meeting and talking to as many fans at the upcoming games as possible - after all you are our 12th man!

Great to be back! COYC!!!

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