Chorley manager and headteacher Jamie Vermiglio hoping to get to the game on time - Magpies face Wolves on Friday in FA Cup

Boss Jamie Vermiglio is hoping to knock off work a little bit early tomorrow - and hopefully make it in plenty of time for the Magpies' huge FA Cup clash against Wolves.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 9:38 am
Updated Thursday, 21st January 2021, 10:21 am
Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio (photo: Stefan Willoughby)

The Chorley part-timers host the Premier League outfit in the fourth round of the competition at Victory Park on Friday night - a tie which which is being screened live on BTSport.

While Nuno Espírito Santo's men will probably be enjoying an overnight stay followed by a leisurely day tomorrow, many of Vermiglio's squad will be at work during the day.

Vermiglio, who is a headteacher of a primary school, revealed he will be in work as normal coordinating home schooling for his students during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Magpies manager admitted many of his players will be in the same boat as they juggle their working lives with their football careers, although skipper former PNE defender Scott Leather did reveal that he had opted to take the day off from his normal routine as a lift engineer.

"The game is Friday and some of my players will still have to go to work," said Vermiglio.

"They are trying to take days off leading up to the game.

"I will still have to go into work but hopefully I will be able to leave at four or 5pm and get there before they do."

Vermiglio revealed that he does have a few selection headaches and injury worries ahead of the fixture.

Forward Lewis Reilly and midfielder Will Tomlinson both have hamstring problems, while striker Harry Cardwell is nursing a calf injury.

Chorley also have a couple of players who are cup tied for the game and it may well be that a player or two from the club's BTEC education programme may make it on to the bench.

"The squad is quite bare," he said. "We will have a few young lads in there and where there is a chance to get them involved, it's a great opportunity for them.

"We are even looking at putting one of the BTEC lads into the squad and giving them an opportunity."

Vermiglio also revealed that his mindset in terms of picking the team for the fixture has slightly altered.

While his intention is to pick the team which will give them the best possible chance of beating Wolves, he admits for such a huge match in the lives of his players, he has top think about rewarding those who deserve it the most.

"The most difficult thing for me I think is picking a side," he said.

"Who deserves the opportunity to play against them because if I was to be playing in this game and I was to get left out, I wouldn't be happy with that."