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Alex Brown is appointed as joint manager of Cottesmore AFC

Alex Brown is hoping his first foray into management at the club where he started his career will help him continue his love for the game.

Brown is joining forces with Rich Giblin in a joint player-manager role at Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division side Cottesmore.

The goalkeeper started his career as a youngster in the youth ranks at Westray Park before moving up into the senior side.

Alex Brown. Photo: Dan Allen
Alex Brown. Photo: Dan Allen

The experienced custodian has gone on to have higher level spells with Bourne Town, Barrow Town and Holwell Sports who he was playing for in the United Counties League Division One last season.

However, the opportunity to form a three-strong management team with Giblin and player-coach Aaron Ridout was too good to turn down following the departure of John and Will Rawdon from the Rutland club.

Brown said: "I was thinking about having one more season playing and then stepping back and retiring but maybe this is the extra incentive that I need to continue my love of the game.

"It always means something to me when I play for a club but Cottesmore is my home club and one which I care the most about.

"I really enjoyed my midweek football at the club as a youngster and it was probably one of my best times.

"We've got a couple of junior teams at the club at the moment and hopefully in a couple of years we'll have more players to pick from so the future is looking good."

Aaron Ridout, Alex Brown, chairman Steve Duffy and Rich Giblin. Photo: @cottesmoreafc
Aaron Ridout, Alex Brown, chairman Steve Duffy and Rich Giblin. Photo: @cottesmoreafc

Brown is hoping his extensive pool of playing contacts will boost the squad at Cottesmore which finished last season ninth in the 15-team Premier Division table.

He added: "I'd already had a bit of text around before I met up with Rich to discuss the role and I felt that if I could get these lads interested then it could work.

"We want a good group of lads to form a good club. If I can get the lads who are interested to come with me then we will have achieved that good mentality within the club.

"Any managers who come into the club will need to bring some players with them no matter who they are and, if I hadn't got a positive response from the ones which I contacted, then I'm not the guy for it.

"I'm not getting carried away until we start pre-season and lads turn up but I've had a good response and some seem a bit more keen than just coming for a look. It sounds promising so far but we'll wait and see how pre-season goes."

The new management team all have a strong allegiance to the club which Brown feels will stand them in good stead.

He added: "I think the chairman is pleased that it's three lads doing it who he knows very well.

"He knows that we understand the club. We're not going to come in with unrealistic expectations and we know exactly what the club is about.

"The main aim that we want to create over the next season is to have a solid core with a sociable mentality as well as winning games.

"Every football team wants to win games and that is our priority but we want to create a good core of people who want to be involved with the club as well."

Brown will remain registered with the club as a player while also getting his first taste of senior management.

He commented: "Management wasn't something that I was necessarily looking to do straight away but I have coached in schools and I really enjoyed doing that.

"I always felt that, when I finished playing, I would coach in some sort of capacity but this gives me something that I can really put my name on.

"I wanted to do it with someone with Rich who I can trust and I know he will be as involved as I am.

"We make a good group and we can all work together so I'm really looking forward to it."

Former Cottesmore bosses John and Will Rawdon have been appointed as the new managers of Lincolnshire League side Horncastle Town.

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