Macorison steps down at Railway

Des Macorison has left Harrogate Railway

Des Macorison’s reign at Harrogate Railway is over and his recently appointed assistant Mick O’Connell will take charge until the end of the season.

Macorison, a former Railway player, has endured a torrid few months as his side have never recovered from the loss of star striker Joe Jagger to Brighouse Town, who offered him a chance he could not turn down. Railway have only won once since Jagger left.

Railway started the Toolstation NCEL Division One season brilliantly, playing some of their best football since the Billy Miller era and winning many plaudits. Had Jagger stayed, there is no doubt that Macorison would be still in charge, and Railway would be sitting in the top half.

Joe Jagger’s departure in October to Brighouse Town blew up Harrogate Railway’s hopes of a good season
New Harrogate Railway Mick O’Connell shouts instructions during the recent defeat at Selby Town

But losing a player of Jagger’s stellar quality, plus injuries and multiple postponements at bad moments stalled their progress and with East Hull pathetically losing 10-1 to Ollerton Town, the gap between Railway and the teams above them is now wider.

Despite Railway’s form and an early exit, Macorison should be still regarded as a bright managerial prospect. He is hard-working, has extensive contacts and has a great tactical knowledge.

His replacement O’Connell is former Railway player during the brief Liam Gray era. He has been assisting Macorison for a few weeks.

Josh Walsh and Will Golby will assist.

3 thoughts on “Macorison steps down at Railway

  1. The jump from managing in the County Am to NCEL is a big jump. We’ve seen other managers do it and it not work like the young lad at Nostell a few years ago. Budgets play a big part too especially when sides will have been outspending HR by up to 10 times. Hopefully we don’t lose him from the game at this level and gets back into a club as an Asst or Coach.

  2. best football since BM??! You must be joking. that team they had last year worked miracles and I bet on less budget than this lot who they had in. the lad Craig was clear forced out knowing these guys were being lined up even if they stayed up.dont blame him for leaving when he did. why the 2 blokes who got it after craig didn’t get a chance either I’ll never know.grass isn’t always greener. That lot from last year I bet 75% would have stayed with the club if no changes would have been madde!

  3. oh look surprise surprise! craig left Rail and was snapped straight up by Yorks ammers who are looking one of favs to go up IN THE PREM!! they must have seen summat! clueless at Rail and need to give managers a chance.should be begging Bob Hunter to come in

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