4:49pm Friday 13th June 2014
By Andrew Simpson
PAUL Jones has promised young players with potential will have an opportunity to show it at Witton Albion after taking over as reserve team manager.
He told the Guardian his number one objective is to challenge a perception that talented boys cannot step up to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League level.
“I want to send a message to those lads that they can flourish here,” he said.
“At Witton we have an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to develop emerging players and create for them an environment in which they can improve.
“I watch lots of games locally, so I’ve seen firsthand that there is ability out there.”
He hosts an open trial at Middlewich Leisure Centre this Saturday, from 2pm.
After resigning from the Lancashire League, Witton’s second string will play in an expanded Cheshire League from next season.
Jones’ target isn’t to deliver collective success, but rather to promote initially one player to Brian Pritchard’s first team squad.
He added: “I’ve been set a target, but it’s realistic.
“If we can unearth or improve one player that’s good enough, then I’m sure that expectation will be increased to two or three lads.
“As coach, I’ll relish that challenge.
“It will be great to work with somebody like Nigel Deeley, who is one of the best around for coaching young players.”
Jones coached Altrincham’s under 18s in the North West Youth Alliance last term, spending short spells too at Cheshire League clubs Denton Town, Barnton and then Barnton Wanderers.
Before that, he guided Winnington Avenue to the Crewe and District League Premier Division title.
“Last season was testing for me and I certainly didn’t intend to move around so much,” he said.
“I learned an awful lot though, particularly about the standards I like to set and what I expect from players that I’m working with.”
For further details about the reserve team trials, or to sign up, call Paul Jones on 07972 034869.
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