Yesterday National League North’s Curzon Ashton held a media day to introduce their new manager former Colne FC man Steven Cunningham.
Following a very successful time at Colne, Curzon was fast to secure his signature following his departure earlier on this year.
Cunningham is making the leap from Northern League West division to National League North. A challenge that seems to be whetting his appetite playing the underdog.
Speaking yesterday at making the jump up, having never previously managed at the level. He’s aiming to use his lower league knowledge to unearth hidden gems that can thrive in the National League North. Citing that the gap is not as big as people imagine, providing the right personnel are at the club.
A running theme throughout the press conference, was a togetherness bond of fans, players and club. Cunningham is aiming to steer the Curzon ship away from just surviving year on year. To one that can aim to achieve a better finish than their previous club history best of 11th.
He went on to address the finances at Curzon being a stumbling block but will not be an excuse, as he aims to push the Nash forward.
Having addressed some exciting signings to come for the Nash from leagues below and above them. He aims to bring a culture change to the Tameside Stadium, from being a stop gap for players to bringing in local talent, young players and players that simply need a chance to prove they have what is required under his tenureship.
The new man in charge will certainly rub up a lot of players and fans the wrong way, whilst having others running through brick walls for him with his marmite approach.
He is a definite love him or hate him kind of character – One you feel that Curzon needs to push on. However, you can see the vision he has for the Tameside club and if that comes to fruition, Curzon is in for one hell of a ride next season.