New Chorley boss Vermiglio wants to kick on in final third

Jamie VermiglioJamie Vermiglio
Jamie Vermiglio
Jamie Vermiglio says there is no bigger start than York City as the new Chorley boss builds up to his first season in charge of the Magpies.

The 36-year-old’s reign started last night in a 5-0 friendly win at near neighbours Euxton Villa.

But while fans got a glimpse of Chorley’s new signings at the West Lancashire League side the real test starts on August 4 when the Magpies start their National League North campaign against the Minstermen at Victory Park.

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The new boss, who took over from Matt Jansen on the eve of pre-season, is relishing trying to build on last season’s play-off defeat and is looking to add more goals to a side that had the second meanest defence in the division last year.

He said: “York City are as big as they come.

“We want to be up there battling for promotion again and I’m looking forward to it.

“Last season people knew what they were going to get from us. Strong, resolute but we were short on goals.

“But this year we have recruited some exciting attacking players like Wes Fletcher, Louis Almond and Elliot Newby.

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“We all worked as a coaching unit together and we are proud of what we have done in the past.

“We found a formula and it was successful.

“Before Janny left we were planning to be more attacking and exciting this season.

“And that is what we are hoping to do.”

Off the field, Vermiglio has added his old Northwich Victoria boss Andy Preece to his coaching team.

Preece was last involved as manager at Southport and Vermiglio sees his arrival as a major coup.

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He said: “We worked well as a three, me, Janny and Jonathan Smith, and when I was looking at who I’d enjoyed working with in the past and who had been successful I thought of Andy straight away.

“If I had not have been offered the position and taken it then I think he would have been at the top of the list to be the new manager.

“He has bags of experience and we are lucky to have him on board.”

But the home faithful will have to wait for a glimpse of Vermiglio’s new side.

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The hot weather has led to the Magpies’ newly-laid Victory Park pitch surface not being ready to host the opening home friendly of the term this Saturday.

So the Magpies’ clash against Blackburn Rovers has been switched to the home of North West Counties Division One North side AFC