Ossett boss Black appoints assistants

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Mick Norbury became the new joint assistant manager of Ossett Town. Picture: Simon Hall

Mick Norbury became the new joint assistant manager of Ossett Town. Picture: Simon Hall

New Ossett Town manager Grant Black has revealed that Mick Norbury and Steve Ridley have agreed to become his assistants.

The news is just the beginning of a wave of movement this week at Ossett, who are gathering a squad capable of avoiding relegation.

Black said: “Mick is someone I have known for a long time and is very experienced so I’m pleased he’s agreed to come.

“Steve is someone I played with for a long time and is looking to make the step-up into management. He can also do a job as a player so it works out perfectly.”

Norbury leaves his number two role at Armthorpe Welfare to make an emotional return to Ingfield. The former striker started his illustrious career with Ossett at the age of 18 before going onto play league football for the likes of Halifax Town, Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End and Cambridge United.

He has also held management positions at Goole, Harrogate Railway, Worsbrough Bridge, Maltby Main and Glasshoughton Welfare so he is a welcome addition to the backroom.

Ridley, a Bottesford Town player, will combine his role as an assistant with playing duties. Black and left-back Ridley know each other from their playing days at Buxton. Ridley spent the previous two seasons with Scarborough Athletic.

Black has also signed his first player in young Matlock Town striker Alex Peterson. Peterson has also turned out for the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Barnet and Scarborough Athletic.

Peterson and several other new faces are likely to make their debuts at Burscough on Saturday.

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