Veteran boss Barry’s back in business at Oundle
VETERAN local football manager Barry Gregory has returned to the scene of his finest triumphs to take on one last challenge.
Gregory was set to call time on his long career after resigning as manager of Peterborough League Premier Division outfit Alconbury towards the end of last season.
But he has been tempted back to the beautiful game by his old club Oundle Town - an outfit he led to Premier Division and PFA Senior Cup success during a decade at the helm.
Gregory will form a new management team alongside Marc ‘Shaggy’ Saunders, who steered the club to safety last season. Saunders stepped in after Oundle had lost their opening nine games and led them out of the bottom two.
But now they have their sights set much higher. Gregory said: “I had some great times at Oundle, winning the league and the Senior Cup and making it to two county cup finals as well.
“I wouldn’t have come back into football for any other club, but I have a lot of affection for Oundle. It is a well-run and well-organised club with some lovely people behind the scenes.
“They have been struggling near the bottom of the table for too long and I want to do something about it.
“I know Marc well as he played for me last time I was there. We will work together 50/50 which means he can also play.
“We are looking at mid-table next season and trying to get the club back to where we feel it should be.
“They already have plenty of decent players and I’m hoping a few lads will across from Alconbury with me.”
Gregory led Oundle to the Premier Division title in 1997-98 and they lifted the PFA Senior Cup in
NORTHERN Star hope Nicky Conroy will be the solution to their problem position.
Star have snapped up the goalkeeper from United Counties League Premier Division rivals Boston Town. Conroy has a wealth of experience at UCL level and also played for Boston United in the Blue Square Premier earlier in his career.
Star used eight different goalkeepers during last term including outfield players Mark Baines and Josh Moreman.
Director of football Tommy Cooper said: “Bringing in a goalkeeper was a priority for us this summer and Nicky provides us with an excellent option in what was a problem area.”
Conroy follows the Blackstones trio of Richard Jones, Mark Jones and Jonny Stead into the city club since they secured promotion.
And Star have laid down the gauntlet to local players by challenging anyone who thinks they are of a suitable standard to go along to their pre-season training sessions.
Star will be put through their paces on June 29, July 1, July 5 and July 8 at their Chestnut Avenue base - all sessions starting at 7pm.