Matt’s the man for all seasons

Matt Jansen came off the bench in Chorley's 2-0 victory over Colwyn Bay
Matt Jansen came off the bench in Chorley's 2-0 victory over Colwyn Bay
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Chorley assistant manager Matt Jansen revealed he will not be hanging up his boots any time soon.

The Magpies travel to Oxford City tomorrow and Jansen believes the team can compete for the Conference North title and earn back-to-back promotions.

Jansen, 36, is thriving in his off-the-pitch role alongside former Blackburn Rovers team-mate, Chorley gaffer Garry Flitcroft.

Flitcroft was Rovers captain when Jansen scored 23 goals to fire the club back up to the Premier League in the 2000/01 season.

And the duo reunited in management to help Chorley seal promotion from the NPL Premier Division last season.

Despite limited appearances last term, Jansen came on for a four-minute cameo appearance in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Colwyn Bay.

And the former Carlisle striker is keen to make an impact this season.

He said: “I came on for all of four minutes but we have a fully-fit squad now.

“James Dean had run his socks off and so I came on for the last few minutes

“I’m registered to play – I would have been on the bench for the first match but I wasn’t registered in time.

“I’m ready to play whenever I’m needed. My legs aren’t as fast as they used to be but hopefully I will play some part.

“I’m enjoying being assistant manager. I’m doing my coaching badges at the moment.

“Working alongside Garry is great. I’ve known him for a long time we played together at Blackburn and he is doing a fantastic job.

“Our aim has got to be promotion, even if we do it through the play-offs.

“We have started well, we have strengthened our squad over the summer and I think we can get promoted again.”

Jansen teamed up with Flitcroft in 2010 and he has bagged four goals in 41 appearances for the Magpies.

And he admitted there is room for improvement after last weekend’s opening-day 2-2 draw against Lowestoft.

He said: “We were a little bit disappointed to give away a sloppy goal in the first minute.

“And we were disappointed to lose the lead in the last minute too. We felt that we deserved to win and that we should have six points.

“But you can’t grumble about four points from the first two games.”

Chorley are fifth in the Conference North table and Jansen praised new boy Tom Smyth’s immediate impact.

He said: “I have been very impressed with Tom – he has stepped into Kiel O’Brien’s shoes.

“Kiel left to join Bury and Tom has slotted in to that position and put in two man-of-the-match performances in our opening two games.”

And Jansen is looking forward to tomorrow’s fixture at Court Place Farm against low-scoring Oxford City, who beat Hyde 1-0 in their opening game.

He said: “We have some players coming back from injury – Tom Baker and Jamie Vermiglio.

“So we will have a fully-fit squad to pick from tomorrow.

“We had someone go and watch Oxford against Worcester – it was a 0-0 draw and they have only scored one goal so far.

“We are travelling down tonight – we did that a few times last season for long trips and we got the results.

“On our day we can beat anyone, I’m looking forward to another successful season.”