Blyth boss Cassidy fails in bid to lure Workington Reds number two
Last updated at 12:35, Friday, 30 December 2011
Tommy Cassidy has failed in an audacious attempt to take Workington Reds assistant manager Tony Elliott.
The newly-appointed Blyth boss spoke with his former No2 on the pitch after goals from Gareth Arnison and Phil McLuckie sunk Spartans in the Northern Irishman’s first match in charge.
Elliott, who spent a decade as Cassidy’s assistant, turned down the offer and pledged his support to Darren Edmondson.
A source close to the club said: “Tommy spoke with Tony after 2-0 defeat and asked if he would be interested in re-joining him.
“Tony turned him down to carry on his job with Workington, and that’s the end of it.
“It is understandable that Tommy would want a friend alongside him, but Tony made it clear he’s not tempted with a switch to Croft Park.”
Workington have picked up maximum points from their two festive matches, and a win over Blyth on Monday could see them move seven points clear of the drop zone.
He said: “We aimed to pick up seven points from these three matches, but now I want all nine.
“I have seen what Blyth offer and I know we have the ability to go there and beat them.
“Tommy won’t have been happy with what he saw from his players on Saturday, but I was delighted with what we produced.
“We should have scored more, but a win and a clean sheet was the perfect Christmas present for everyone at the club.
“It was nice to see Tommy, and we spoke briefly, but again, my focus is on beating him and making sure it’s Workington faces smiling at the end.
“A win for us and we can breath a little easier, but make no mistake, we must string a series of positive results together.
“I want to beat Blyth, then our attention turns to Nuneaton and Altrincham.”
First published at 11:27, Friday, 30 December 2011
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