It was ‘now or never’ for Crowe

Neil Crowe and Tony Greenwood on the touchline for Bamber Bridge. Greenwood has quit and Crow has taken over at No 1
Neil Crowe and Tony Greenwood on the touchline for Bamber Bridge. Greenwood has quit and Crow has taken over at No 1

New Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe says it was ‘now or never’ when he was offered the Irongate hotseat for the second team following the resignation of Tony Greenwood.

The popular Crowe has been assistant to Tony Greenwood and Phil Entwistle for the last five years.

He was previously offered the No. 1 job when Entwistle left, but he felt he wasn’t ready, so worked under Greenwood.

However, he resolved not to pass up the opportunity again when Greenwood quit on Wednesday.

He told the Guardian: “Tony rang me on Wednesday. Me and Neil (Reynolds) thought he was going to stay, but he made his decision and that was that.

“I’m a local lad and don’t have any ambition to manager elsewhere. It was now or never.

“Terry (Gammans) asked me to take over. I believe me and Neil Reynolds will complement each us.

“Neil was in demand from a couple of clubs and I’m glad that he’s stayed.”

Crowe has moved quickly to secure the services of promising youngsters Ally Waddecar and Luke Atherton, who have both signed improved terms.

Defender George Bowyer has pledged his future to Brig by agreeing a new deal.

Crowe said: “The future is bright. We’ve signed these outstanding young players to the club and the reserves have won their league.

“Next season we’ll be aiming for the play-offs . It’s quite a hard league with teams at the bottom taking points off the teams at the top.

“We got in the play-offs before under Enty (Entwistle) before going out to FC United.”

Reynolds said: “I’m honoured to be asked. I never wanted to leave Bamber Bridge.”

Chairman Terry Gammans believes that Crowe and Neil Reynolds are the right people to take the Irongate club forward.

They were appointed ahead of Saturday’s game at Chester City.

Gammans said: “We would like to thank Tony for all his hard work over the past couple of years.

“He has helped develop a good crop of young players and this season we reached the final of the Lancashire Trophy.

“However, we didn’t want speculation or uncertainty following Tony’s resignation, so we’ve given the job to two people who know the club well and have a wealth of experience.

“There is a lot of young talent coming through the club. Sometimes you see clubs (at non-league) throw a lot of money around one season and not the next because backers can walk away.”