Pen­nock in to re­vive Blue­birds

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

ADY PEN­NOCK knows he’s made the right de­ci­sion to take on the man­ager’s job at Bar­row – the sun came out for his un­veil­ing!

The for­mer Welling United boss is back in the hot-seat af­ter leav­ing League One side Gilling­ham at the end of Septem­ber.

His last Na­tional League job was For­est Green Rovers, who he took to sec­ond place in the Na­tional League ta­ble in 2015-16 be­fore, sur­pris­ngly, find­ing him­self out of a job a week be­fore the play-offs.

Pen­nock is the Blue­birds’ third man­ager of the sea­son af­ter Paul Cox, now at Guise­ley, re­signed and suc­ces­sor Micky Moore was sacked fol­low­ing their exit to Shaw Lane in the FA Cup fourth round qual­i­fy­ing.

The 46-year-old is con­fi­dent they can turn their for­tunes around – and he’s called on the Bar­row faith­ful to get be­hind the cause.


“Chal­lenges like this re­ally make me tick,” Pen­nock told The NLP. “It’s one I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to – al­ready some­thing’s go­ing on be­cause when I walked on the pitch the sun shone! It was like a lovely May day up there. I don’t think I’ve seen the sun shine at Bar­row.

“But, se­ri­ously, I’ve been up there with For­est Green, and to scout, and it’s a fortress, it can be in­tim­i­dat­ing. We’ve got to get that back.

“The fans are so pas­sion­ate and vo­cal and we want them to re­ally push us to get re­sults and make it dif­fi­cult for op­po­si­tion teams to come. We need that – es­pe­cially now, more so than ever.”

Pen­nock took over with the club, who fin­ished sev­enth last sea­son, in the rel­e­ga­tion zone with just two league wins all sea­son – al­though in­juries have hit them hard.

And the new boss, who worked in the Premier League as as­sis­tant to then-Stoke boss Tony Pulis, knows they need to get to work quick.

“I’m very pleased to get back in but I’m un­der no il­lu­sions it will be tough – we’re play­ing catch-up al­ready,” Pen­nock said.

“It’s a clean slate for ev­ery­body. I’ll as­sess ev­ery­body and go from there. But it will be a quick as­sess­ment. We can’t hang around be­cause of the predica­ment we’re in.” Mid­fielder Alex-Ray Har­vey has joined Guise­ley.

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