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Ogilvie understands the challenge at Harrogate – and is determined to succeed

Yesterday is was announced that Harrogate Railway Athletic’s Marlon Adams and co had left Station View and had been replaced by Brian Davey and his management team of Craig Ogilvie, Simon Brooker and Chris Hirst.

We caught up with Craig this morning. He has coached at Glasshoughton Welfare and Knaresborough Town, as well as the York City and Rotherham United academies and holds the UEFA B coaching license.

“Brian contacted me on the role and the other people he had in mind about bringing on board to the management team and I was extremely interested. We all bring different qualities to what is currently a challengimg situation. After a lengthy discussion we were all agreed on the same ideas and vision for the season ahead and for bringing stability longer term for the club.

“Railway have had a lot more downs than ups over the last few years and they’re possibly at one of the lowest positions they’ve been in the football pyramid for a long time and we understand the challenge ahead. We have however got a fantastic management team in place and a great group of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes who love the club so the foundations have been set and it’s up to us to put the plans in place we’ve discussed to help the club move forward and I think we will do that.

“The interest of players since the announcement has been overwhelming and I know my own phone has been red hot since the announcement so god knows what Bri, Brooker and Hirsty’s have been like! I think the experience of the management team and the players we’ve come across over the years has meant our net being spread wide enough for us to hopefully have a very positive pre-season recruitment. Additionally the various messages sent to all of us by other managers and coaches has been much appreciated and well received.

“We’ll be putting everything into the planning for pre season and then recruit from the players who attend. Those who want to play for the club first and foremost are the ones we want and put together a squad the club can be proud of on the pitch.”

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