Paul Thirlwell has been named as new Harrogate Town assistant manager and will be assume the new role with immediate effect.
The former Sunderland and Carlisle United midfielder moves into the position from his current role of Head of Youth Development at the club.
Thirlwell joined Town in July 2015 and has since made 36 appearances for the club.
He began his career with Sunderland, making seventy seven apperances for the Black Cats, before moving to Sheffield United in 2004. After spending one season with the Blades he moved to Derby County.
In 2006 he joined Carlisle United on loan, a move that was made permanent ahead of the 2007/08 season.
His spell with the Brunton Park club came to an end after eight years, when he moved into the non-league game with Harrogate Town.
The club have confirmed that the veteran midfielder will continue to be available for selection in Simon Weaver’s playing squad, despite having increased coaching responsibilities with his new position.
Speaking to the club’s official website the former Derby County and Sheffield United midfielder commented “I am really pleased to have been given this opportunity. I am grateful to the gaffer for showing faith in me to step-up, and I’m looking forward to repaying his confidence”
“I had a brief spell as player-caretaker-manager at Carlisle, but it was only ever going to be a temporary arrangement. I enjoyed that experience, as I have done with the U21’s here, but I feel the chance to assist Simon with the first-team is definitely a progression for me. As is the case with everyone in football, I’m always looking to improve individually and challenge myself to achieve as much as I can in the game”
Town manager Simon Weaver was delighted with the appointment and revealed that following the “Liverpool way” and promoting from within his coaching staff was key factor in the decision.
“Since joining us, Paul’s contribution both on and off the field has proved incredibly valuable. He has evolved to play an ever increasing role within the club over the last 12 months, and the fact that he can slot in to this new role so well is testament to the group we’ve assembled here”.
“I’m a big believer in developing individuals, and working with characters who understand what the club is all about. We’re building something here, and when I look around, from top to bottom we’ve got the makings of something special. I’ve always liked the stories of The Anfield Boot Room, of how Bill Shakily, Bob Paisley and Ronnie Moran were able to continue to develop “the Liverpool Way” over a number of years.
Those are the values we are looking to instill here at Harrogate Town and with Paul on board, alongside Vill Powell, Phil Lee and Lee Barraclough, we have a really strong unit behind the scenes, geared up to giving us the best chance of success going forward”.
Harrogate Town currently sit in tenth position in the National League North and confirmed recently that they will be moving to a full-time, professional status from next season.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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