Co-bosses have 2020 vision leading Widnes
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.”
Joint-managers Kev Towey and ( inset) Steve Akrigg have signed new deals to lead Widnes FC in the Evo-Stik League.