Vermiglio pleased with new start and ready to meet fans

Jamie Vermiglio
Jamie Vermiglio

Victory Park might not be ready to host a football game just yet but Chorley FC are inviting supporters to their home ground to meet new manager Jamie Vermiglio on Thursday night.

The sunny weather forced the club to switch their home friendly with Blackburn Rovers’ U23 side to AFC Darwen on Saturday, with their home ground not yet playable.

The Magpies lost 1-0 to Rovers, Okera Simmonds firing home from the penalty spot in the 49th minute after skipper Andy Teague was ruled to have fouled him in the box.

Vermiglio’s reign continues tonight at eighth-tier side Trafford as preparations for the new National League North season continue.

The 35-year-old stepped up from assistant to take the vacant managerial hot-seat after Matt Jansen’s shock resignation on the eve of pre-season.

Vermiglio and his management team of Jonathan Smith and Andy Preece will be on hand to discuss any new signings, pre-season and anything else first -eam related in the main bar at Victory Park from 8pm onwards on Thursday.

Club chairman Ken Wright and vice chair/secretary Graham Watkinson will also be in attendance to discuss any off-field matters of interest to fans.

And Vermiglio, who played for the Magpies before stepping up to a coaching role at Victory Park, is relishing his new role, having beaten West Lancashire League side Euxton Villa 5-0 in his opening friendly before losing to Blackburn.

He said: “It has been a good start, very productive. I thought on Saturday the boys worked hard.

“We are not looking at shape, set-pieces or the opposition – right now it is just about intensity and getting them up to fitness.

“It is obviously horrible when you concede a goal and it is natural to want to win but I feel we can take a lot of positives from Saturday.

“A lot of them have put in a good shift and are making me think about a few things, so it’s positive.”

Vermiglio’s new signings Wes Fletcher, Elliott Newby and Courtney Meppen-Walter got run-outs at AFC Darwen too and Vermiglio is pleased with his new boys.

Trialists Danny Eccles, Steve Irwin, Harry Turner, Chris Doyle, Spencer Miles and Josh Hine also featured in the game as new keeper Cameron Bancroft, Josh O’Keefe and Scott Leather were scheduled absentees.

He said: “I’m really impressed. It was tough for Wes. He had to work hard on Saturday and he is not as fit as he has been in the past, but he is getting there.

“He impressed me on Saturday with his intensity off the ball.

“Elliott linked up well with Alex. Steve Irwin did well too, so I was quite excited at times in the first half.

“But when you change the full side, like we did in the second half, it is hard for the boys to get into it when you are mid- flow.

“But overall I am very pleased.”

“A couple of seasons ago we shored up the defence.

“Last season we were a bit in between. We brought Alex Newby in and Nick Haughton and they helped us.

“This season we have been conscious to bring in more of a goal threat and I think we saw that on Saturday.

“We have been strong, robust and hard to break down in the past, and can get a goal from a setpiece but on Saturday, when we got the ball in the final third and into the gaps ,we looked a bit more exciting and it is all very pleasing.”

After the Trafford game Chorley are scheduled to host Morecambe at Victory Park on Saturday (2pm kick off)