Building on the good work

Following the surprise resignation of first team manager Brian Richardson, Prescot Cables have taken the decision to promote from within in the hope of building on the good work done by Richardson in the past two and a half years. 

With the 2018-2019 season having been finished barely a week, the club confirmed that two-time Liverpool Senior Cup winning manager Richardson would be leaving the club with immediate effect in order to take up the vacant assistant managers job at FC United of Manchester.  

During his time as manager, Cables had gone from a team used to fighting relegation each season, to winning back to back County Cup finals and narrowly missing out on promotion in May 2018.  

An immensely popular figure with everyone at the club, his attacking entertaining brand of football saw the club achieve the highest attendances in the league.

He leaves the club having never lost a County Cup tie from open play. Winning 68 of the 137 matches he took charge of.  

In explaining his decision, Brian Richardson told the clubs website: “I find myself making a statement I would have not foreseen six days ago. I have been offered an opportunity to join the management team at FC United of Manchester with immediate effect. 

“I have struggled to make this decision over the last week due to the people and players of Prescot Cables Football Club.

“The warmth and friendship shown to me over the last three years here has been overwhelming and allowed me to enjoy my involvement in football. 

“I leave with a heavy heart, but I am also excited by a new challenge to attempt to get FC United back up the leagues. I leave behind a tremendous dressing room of players who I hope have lifted the town and made the local people proud of Cables. 

“My only regret is because of the speed of the move I have been unable to say goodbye personally to all the brilliant players, fans and staff who make this club so special.

“I will always remember with fond memories the times we shared together in success, failure, laughter and tears. I leave behind me a great management team and players who I hope will carry on and surpass what we have achieved. All the best to you all; you are top people.”

Following the departure of Richardson, the club were keen to ensure that there was no ‘knee-jerk reaction’ in appointing his successor. 

It was important that whoever took over the job was someone who knew the club, knew the players, and knew what resources they would have available for the upcoming season.

Furthermore, the restructured league format requires someone with experience in what promises to be a tough campaign ahead in the 2019-2020 season.

With those factors in mind, the club took the decision to promote from within, handing the managerial reigns to former assistant manager Ste Pilling and coach Roy Grundy.  

Club Secretary Matt Roberts said of the appointments: “The club wishes to build on the successes of the last few seasons and as such feels that by promoting from within we have the best chance of doing so. 

“The aim is for an ‘evolution’ of the squad rather than the ‘revolution’ that so often happens at our level of football.

“To support Steve and Roy in their new roles, the club has made an additional appointment. Dom Finnigan joins the coaching staff with immediate effect. 

“Dom is well-known within local football and has a wealth of experience behind him, having worked with Tommy Lawson at both Skelmersdale United and Marine. He is a highly qualified coach who will strengthen our outstanding coaching team.

“We are also pleased to add that Garry Williams will remain at the club in his role as goalkeeping coach and a key part of the coaching staff. We congratulate Steve and Roy on their new roles and offer a warm welcome to Dom; the hard work in preparing for next season starts now!”

On his new role, a delighted Ste Piling said: “Roy and I would like the thank the board of Prescot Cables Football Club for giving us the opportunity of managing at this fantastic football club  

“The supporters here are the best in non-league football and have been very supportive to the playing and management staff over the four years we have been at the club and we very much hope you continue to do so. 

“Garry Williams will be staying with us as goalkeeping coach and Dom Finnigan is someone who brings a wealth of experience from his time at Skelmersdale United and Marine. Our aim is to take the club forward with an entertaining brand of football.” 

With regards to players who have left the club since the managerial change, Pilling added: “It is inevitable that some players will move on to other clubs but we are already working hard to recruit new talent who will hopefully help us and the club in this new phase”.


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