Carmody named Goole boss

New Goole AFC manager Mike Carmody

Mike Carmody has been named as the new manager of Goole AFC.

The former Armthorpe Welfare chief replaces joint bosses Mark Pitts and Simon Portrey who were dismissed on Bank Holiday Monday despite only taking charge of six games.

Carmody left Armthorpe in October after four years at the helm during which he helped turn the club around on-and-off-the-field.

In a statement to Goole’s website: Carmody said: “After being contacted earlier in the week by the Chairman and committee of Goole AFC, myself and my assistant Alan Jackson have decided to accept this fantastic opportunity and step back into management.

“After enjoying a well earned rest, we feel the time, club and challenge is right for us. 

“I spent nearly four and a half years at the helm of Armthorpe Welfare – the club is very close to our hearts and we look back on our time there with fondness for everyone involved on and off the field. 

“Previous to this I assisted at Selby Town where I gained the valuable experience needed to manage at NCEL level. Again a club I believe I can go back to and see great people I call friends. 

“At present, Goole AFC is very much in a similar position club wise to where Armthorpe Welfare was when I stepped into the role as manager and I believe we have the tools necessary for the challenge that awaits us.

“We are under no illusions to the size of the challenge but feel that if we can create a positive environment for players, fans and volunteers to come together then there won’t be many clubs bigger than Goole AFC in the Northern Counties East League.

“The fan base that Goole have had over the years has been second to none and we are going to need them back through the gate and hopefully they will be rewarded with some exciting football. 

“From experience as a player and manager Goole has always been a tough place to get a result and we hope to keep that tradition.

“It’s no secret the club has had it’s troubles of late but that’s something beyond our control. We as a management team are focused on doing everything we can to put the club back to its standing within the community and recreate that buzz the team once had.

“My hope is that we as a club can come together and really create something our fans can all be proud of.” 

Players will be asked to buy in to our philosophy and work ethic and if they do I can assure them they will enjoy every minute. 

The team has already been strengthened with some welcome additions and I’m sure they’ll be more that will be brought in to enhance the players already here not replace. 

Come the restart of the league, whenever that may be, we will be ready. 

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