Co-bosses have 2020 vi­sion lead­ing Widnes

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide - BY SAM CAR­ROLL

WIDNES FC co-man­agers Kev Towey and Steve Akrigg have penned new deals at the Se­lect Se­cu­rity Sta­dium.

The duo – who guided the club to their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive pro­mo­tion af­ter tak­ing over in Oc­to­ber 2017 – will now re­main at the Evo-Stik League club un­til 2020.

With Widnes set to com­pete in the Evo-Stik League for the first time in their his­tory next sea­son, chair­man Ian Ross re­vealed it did not take long to come to an agree­ment with his im­pres­sive man­age­ment pair.

“What Kev and Ste have achieved since their ap­point­ment has been noth­ing short of sen­sa­tional,” he said.

“We held a board meet­ing at the end of the sea­son and the main item on the agenda was to reach an agree­ment with the two lads. It was a rel­a­tively short meet­ing. Both the board and the man­age­ment team are ex­tremely am­bi­tious and we were on the same page straight away. The im­pact they’ve had on the club from top to bot­tom has been in­cred­i­ble and we’re now look­ing for­ward to many more sea­sons like the one we’ve just had.”

First-team coaches Andy Burgess and Paul Jones, goal­keep­ing coach Gaz Hartley and physio Ron Cook will also re­main at the club, with Towey speak­ing of their im­por­tance to Widnes’s success.

“I’m de­lighted that the club have shown this faith in us. We are both very happy with how last sea­son panned out and we’re eager to have a crack at the Evo-Stik League,” Towey said.

“We’re learn­ing all the time as man­agers and we’re con­sis­tently open to new ideas. It was im­por­tant that we main­tained Andy Burgess and Paul Jones as both play a mas­sive part in what we’re do­ing. Even we need telling some­times so their in­put and ex­pe­ri­ence from the dugout is in­valu­able.”

Both Akrigg and Towey will con­tinue their player-man­ager roles in the EvoStik League, and Akrigg be­lieves it’s an “ex­cit­ing” time for the club af­ter also lift­ing the Macron Cup this past sea­son.

“I’m de­lighted that we have agreed new deals with the club,” he said.

“The lads in the squad and ev­ery­one at the club has given us their full back­ing from day one which has made it eas­ier for my­self, Kev, and the rest of the man­age­ment team. The run the team went on towards the end of the sea­son was in­cred­i­ble and to end the sea­son with pro­mo­tion and Macron Cup vic­tory was an ex­cel­lent achieve­ment. The club is ● go­ing through an ex­cit­ing stage in it’s devel­op­ment and it’ll be great to lead the side into the Evo-Stik League for the first time in the club’s his­tory.”

John Rooney

Joint-man­agers Kev Towey and ( inset) Steve Akrigg have signed new deals to lead Widnes FC in the Evo-Stik League.

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