Reynolds on the move?

KEEN INTEREST: Neil Reynolds (right of pic) has strong links with Clitheroe
KEEN INTEREST: Neil Reynolds (right of pic) has strong links with Clitheroe

Bamber Bridge’s player-coach Neil Reynolds could make a surprise return to his former club Clitheroe.

New Clitheroe boss Carl Garner is looking for an experienced coach to work alongside him at Shawbridge, and Reynolds is strongly rumoured to be high on his short list.

Garner said: “I need to find the right person to come in and work with me.”

Reynolds said: “I’ve had two happy years at Bamber Bridge, and I’m hoping to be part of their future.

“I think I’ve a lot to offer Bamber Bridge and the club is geared up for success.

“But the situation could be taken out of my hands, though, because I might need to make a decision before the end of the season.”

There is also interest in Reynolds from elsewhere – with at least one club in a division higher division showing keen interest – and Reynolds wants to extend his playing career before he steps into management full-time.

The situation is an uncertain one at Bamber Bridge with the manager Tony Greenwood out of contract soon and at the moment, nobody knows whether he will be here or not next season.

If Brig opted to make a change this summer then Reynolds’ name would be likely to be in the frame. “I had a long time at Clitheroe, as a player and then joint-manager, and I’ve always had a very strong link with them,” he said.

“I also live in the town, so there is bound to be speculation about me going back, so I’m not ruling anything out.

“But I do feel very settled at Bamber Bridge, and my first choice would be to stay at Irongate.

“But I need to try to get my future sorted out sooner rather than later.”

Former chairman Garner took charge at Shawbridge a fortnight ago, and Reynolds added: “I think Carl will do well there – he has a network of contacts and will make a good manager.”

Brig posted an impressive 2-0 win over play-off chasers Curzon Ashton last weekend and will be looking for another victory when Leigh Genesis visit Irongate on Saturday.

“We played very well against Curzon, it was a good performance,” said Reynolds.

“We’ve five games left, including Chester and Chorley, so there is a lot to play for.”

Brig are in home action next Tuesday when they host Garforth Town.