Jansen’s enjoying management role

Chorley boss Matt Jansen

Chorley boss Matt Jansen

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Chorley manager Matt Jansen admits he has a totally different managerial style to his good friend Garry Flitcroft.

The former Blackburn striker served as his former Rovers team-mate’s assistant manager for five years at Victory Park.

And when Flitcroft decided to step down as Magpies boss during the summer, Jansen was installed as his replacement.

While the pair maybe differ in the way they manage, Jansen revealed they both have one thing in common – they are both winners.

“We both want to win and that is the same as managers as it was when we were both players,” Jansen said.

“I think Garry is more of an authoritative personality where as I’m a bit more laidback.

“I like to talk to my players on a one-on-one basis, but Gaz was and is a leader.

“He was our captain at Blackburn, but there is no right or wrong way to manage – everybody is different.

“Now that I’m a manager, it’s a little bit more stressful than when I was the assistant.

“I’ve got a little bit more to do but I’m enjoying it.”

It was certainly a baptism of fire for Jansen in the opening weeks of the season.

A 3-2 loss to Nuneaton was followed by a thumping 4-0 defeat to North Ferriby United in the second game.

Since then, though, things have picked up with two wins and a draw.

First they drew 2-2 at Corby Town and that has been followed by 3-0 and 3-2 victories over FC United and Worcester City respectively

“I did not enjoy the first two games, that’s for sure,” Jansen added.

“Fortunately we have produced in the next three games, so I enjoyed them.

“It was a disappointing start. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb against Nuneaton – you can’t give a team a two-goal start.

“It was a disappointing performance against North Ferriby, but we went and got a good draw at Corby Town, who haven’t lost at home since last November.

“Then we picked up two wins so definitely it’s very pleasing.”

Jansen has also tied new signing Andy Bond to a one-year contract after interest from Football League clubs.

The former Stevenage and Colchester United midfielder only joined the club this month and it is a major coup for the Magpies that they have managed to persuade him stay at the club.

“There were a few sniffing around him,” Jansen said.

“A couple of Football League clubs were asking him to sign for them.

“But he’s decided to stay with us and sign a contract and it’s a great boost for the club.

“I think he could see what we are about and the quality that we have in the squad.

“Since he’s been here we haven’t lost so that shows how important he has been.”

The Magpies host Harrogate Town at Victory Park on Saturday.

The Yorkshiremen have begun the season in fine 
style and are currently in fifth spot in the National League North.

“They have got a big budget and have added some good players to their squad,” Jansen said.

“It will be a tough one. They have had a good start and they gave us the runaround at their place last season.”

Skipper Andy Teague may return after injury, but Harry Winter is still out.

In the National League, Southport travel to Barrow.