NEW Pontefract Collieries boss Brendon Ormsby is facing an immediate challenge with several first team regulars quitting the club in the wake of the departure of previous manager Simon Houghton.
Strikers Carl Fothergill (Glasshoughton Welfare) and Lee Garside (Worsbrough Bridge), midfielders Joshua Wright (Worsbrough Bridge) and Rian Sykes (Glasshoughton Welfare) and left-back Paul Staniforth (Barton Town OB) have all joined NCE League rivals, leaving the new manager short on numbers.
He has quickly moved to bring in his first signings in striker Will Turl, wide player Mark Claremont and defender Johnny Hirst, but all the players left behind after the Houghton era will be given a chance to prove themselves.
Ormsby said: “When Simon left a few players left straight away because they were good friends with him and his coach, but to be honest – and I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way – I wasn’t bothered.
“I can only inherit what I’m left with and if players wanted to go then that was their choice. I’d rather they left, I don’t want players at the club who don’t want to play for the club. I don’t want them moping about moaning about this, that and the other.
“The chairman, Guy’s the same, we just want players who want to play for the club, try to improve the standards we’ve got and to enjoy their football.”
Ormsby is aware that the timing of his appointment was not to everyone’s liking with the club still challenging for promotion from NCE Division One.
He added: “I’m coming in towards the end of the season with Ponte in the top six in the league and if you look at it you could say why have they sacked the previous manager? It’s the same with Ronnie Moore at Rotherham, where they are still pushing. You could say why swap managers? But I think there were some bits going on behind the scenes that people don’t know about.
“My aim is I want to win as many games as possible and try and win the cup we‘re still in, but I will use the rest of the season to look at things then sit down with the chairman, Guy (Nottingham), and see what he wants to do about next season.
“I know a few managers in the non-league scene, like Neil Parsley at Farsley Celtic, who can help with passing on players. I know I can get in touch with people at Leeds United and scouts at Man City for their help to see if any of their lads have been released.
“It’s whether any of these lads want to drop down from being at Leeds United or Man City to Pontefract Collieries. They will want to find other league sides and it’s difficult to get them, but you can only ask.
“Guy’s been good with me and told me if I needed anyone there is always the chance to go and speak to them.”