PONTEFRACT Collieries have appointed former Leeds United skipper Brendan Ormsby as their new first-team manager.
Ormsby (pictured), who captained Leeds in the 1980s, takes over from Simon Houghton who was in charge for three years.
Former centre-half Ormsby started his career with Aston Villa before joining Leeds.
After retiring from the professional game, he has remained in football both as a player, manager and coach, enjoying a brief spell as manager of League of Ireland side Waterford Town before moving back to Yorkshire and becoming involved in the coaching of youth players. Recently, he has been working for Leeds United, running their local youth academy, and coaching at several age levels.
His appointment by Collieries is being seen as a major factor in the drive to take the NCE League club to new heights.
Pontefract chairman Guy Nottingham said: “We were keen to appoint a manager who would embody everything that the club is striving to become.
“We created a profile of ‘The Ideal Manager’ for our club, looking at all the attributes we would wish to see in our man in charge.
“Being honest, our club is a million miles away from where we want to be, and we need a manager who is committed to driving the club towards our goals, while remaining true to our vision of doing things the right way and being a beacon of everything that is good in the game. We could not have wished for a more perfect match than Brendan Ormsby.
“In fact I believe that we will look back on this day in decades to come, and say that the signing of Brendan Ormsby was the single most important appointment in the history of our football club”.
Ormsby said: “I have skirted around several jobs over the last few years, and turned down a few opportunities.
“However, when Pontefract came calling, the chance was too good to miss. This is a potentially huge club, run by people with a clear vision to take it forward.
“We can create something really special at this club.“
Nottingham paid tribute to former manager Houghton and his assistant Darren Smith.
Houghton took over the team before the start of the 2008-9 season after the club had finished at the bottom of NCE League Division One with just nine points. They avoided relegation when the league was re-structured.
Houghton steered Collieries to a highly-creditable ninth place in his first season in charge followed by a fifth place finish last season.
This season Collieries were top of the table at the start of 2011 but recently slipped to sixth place after winning only two of their last nine league games. The poor run ultimately led the club to make the difficult decision to part company with Houghton and Smith.
Nottingham said: “Simon took over the club when the team was struggling and improved the results of the team throughout his term in charge.
“We are very grateful to Simon and Darren for their hard work, and for taking the team from where we were in 2008 to where we are today – one of the best teams in the NCEL First Division.
“Simon has proved himself to be a very capable manager, with an intimate knowledge of players and teams at this level.”