Cooper ap­points him­self as boss . . . just like that

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

LO­CAL leg­end Tommy Cooper has handed him­self a re­turn to foot­ball man­age­ment.

The Peter­bor­ough Sports chair­man is mov­ing back down­stairs to the dugout af­ter be­com­ing one half of the city club’s new joint man­age­rial team.

Cooper, who won two Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tles dur­ing a glo­ri­ous reign at Or­to­ni­ans in the early 2000s, will be the front­man of a part­ner­ship with pop­u­lar lo­cal fig­ure Sea­mus Mor­gan who has been act­ing as di­rec­tor of foot­ball.

They have a sim­ple aim of lead­ing the club to pro­mo­tion from the Peter­bor­ough League Premier Di­vi­sion next sea­son af­ter tak­ing over the reins from cur­rent boss Chris Bartlett.

He has been axed de­spite lead­ing the club to pro­mo­tion and a top-six fin­ish in his two sea­sons at the helm but has been of­fered the chance to re­main in the di­rec­tor of foot­ball role va­cated by Mor­gan.

A new-look Sports man­age­rial team will also in­clude re­spected coach Dan Dob­son, who is mov­ing across the city from North­ern Star, while cur­rent num­ber two Mal­colm Kenny is also to re­main on board.

Cooper said: “Chris has achieved ev­ery­thing the club has asked of him by win­ning pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion One and se­cur­ing a top six fin­ish in the Premier Di­vi­sion in his two sea­sons in charge.

“We couldn’t be more ap­pre­cia­tive of the work he has done for the club and that’s why we are so keen for him to re­main as part of the new struc­ture.

“But we have to look at be­ing able to at­tract and re­tain play­ers ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing at the next level and I feel my­self and Sea­mus can do that.

“Our aim is to be play­ing in the UCL by 2013-14 so that means we have to win pro­mo­tion next sea­son. There is £200,000 worth of in­vest­ment be­ing made in the club’s fa­cil­i­ties so we have to make sure ev­ery­thing is right on the pitch.”

Cooper also won the PFA Se­nior Cup and Hunts Se­nior Cup dur­ing his Or­to­ni­ans days and guided North­ern Star to the United Coun­ties League Di­vi­sion One ti­tle in the 2008-09 sea­son.

Mor­gan is also no stranger to suc­cess af­ter lead­ing the North­ern Star Re­serves team to ti­tle glory in the UCL Re­serve League and two Northants Cup tri­umphs. His team be­came only the sec­ond re­serve side ever to lift the Northants Ju­nior Cup only a year af­ter win­ning the Lower Ju­nior equiv­a­lent.

Sports are cur­rently play­ing at Camp­bell Drive in Gun­thorpe while their PSL base un­der­goes a ma­jor re­vamp that in­cludes new chang­ing rooms and the in­stal­la­tion of flood­lights. They hope to be in a po­si­tion to re­turn there early in 2013.

Bartlett is still mulling over the of­fer of the di­rec­tor of foot­ball po­si­tion but ad­mits he is dis­ap­pointed to lose the man­age­rial post.

He said: “I’m proud of what I have done at Sports but there is clearly a lack of be­lief in me go­ing for­ward.

“I un­der­stand the club’s view though and I’ll take some time to make up my mind about what to do in the fu­ture.”

Bartlett’s last game in the Sports hot­seat ended in a fine vic­tory away at Premier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Pinch­beck last night.

He went out on a high cour­tesy of a 3-2 suc­cess achieved thanks to two On­dre Odain goals and an Ad­die Staffieri strike.

Player-boss Ian Dunn, who is chas­ing the Premier Di­vi­sion golden boot award, and Dan Mad­di­son fired Pinch­beck 2-0 ahead but they couldn’t hold on.

Kings Cliffe sealed sec­ond place in their de­but top-flight sea­son by beat­ing Moul­ton Har­rox 2-1. An­drew Bradley and James Pi­cillo hit their goals with Josh Ford on the mark for the vis­i­tors. Other Premier Di­vi­sion re­sults last night: Coates 0, Par­son Drove 2 (J. Mcmanus, Kilby); Crow­land 2 (Chal­lis, C. Thomas), Nether­ton 0; Oun­dle 1 (Pal­ing), Ram­sey 3 (Stephens, Ed­wards, C. Tay­lor).

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