Ambitious Tigers Lure Too Much For “Excited” Ex-Pontefract Boss Craig Parry

Craig Parry admits he might well still be at Pontefract Collieries had he not been persuaded to lead ambitious Worksop Town’s new era under incoming chairman Pete Whitehead.

The BetVictor Northern Premier League South Central side are gearing up for one of the biggest seasons in their recent history after putting their financial woes behind them – and appointing Parry is just the first step.

And if the Tigers’ fans were wondering whether their new man was aiming high, they need not worry.

“I believe Worksop are a National League-size club,” Parry told The Non-League Paper. “I think any manager who has taken the job here previously has done so because it’s a big club for this level and it should be at National League level.

“The challenges and the size of the club is what persuaded us to move to Worksop.”

Craig Parry

“I’m excited for the future. With Pete coming in, from the outset, the ambition the club has got is fantastic and that drives us on even more to come in and make an impression. Hopefully we can bring some joy to the supporters and be successful on the pitch. We’ve got to match all the hard work that’s been happening off the pitch and that is a challenge.

Parry enjoyed a succesful spell with Pontefract Collieries – winning two promotions and narrowly missing out on promotion last season.

“It would have only been a club like Worksop that would have persuaded me to leave [Pontefract Collieries],” Parry added. “It’s no secret that we’ve actually turned jobs down from a level above and even a National League North side.

“The challenges and the size of the club is what persuaded us to move to Worksop. We think a lot about Pontefract – they’re an unbelievable club with amazing supporters but we feel that we can come into Worksop, with the right owner, and we feel it’s the right challenge now for us.”

Within days of taking the reins, a number of fan-favourite players were shown the door. Ruthless maybe, but Parry feels he had to be drastic as he looks to make his mark at Sandy Lane.

Steve Woolley’s five-year stay at the Tigers ended while Lynton Karkach, Connor Brunt, Steven Wankiewicz, Matt Sykes and Matt Pemberton all also left.

“I spoke to every player on the first day on the job – I gave every player a call,” he said. “I just decided that, apart from one or two individuals, I wanted a clean slate and I wanted to be ruthless in a certain way to help us move forward.

“I’ve got in my mind a side I want to work towards, and I’ve got a way I want to play. I admire the players [who have left] and I admire what they’ve done for this club and they’ll go on to have good careers.

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“But from my perspective, I would like to have my own players in who can work with my own team so I can put my own stamp on things here.

“I like high tempo, fast, attacking football and there’s a lot of players I’ve worked with that I will bring in that know how I like to play which will then also help any new players we bring in.”

(MAIN IMAGE CREDIT – Lewis Pickersgill Photography)

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