Guiseley’s new assistant manager Dave Penney has revealed he is glad to be back in the dugout after being appointed as Adam Lockwood’s number two at the Vanarama National League club.

The 52 year old, who was born in Wakefield, has returned closer to home after a spell as assistant manager at Southend United.

With the Lions struggling near the bottom end of non-league’s top tier, Penney says he wants to help Adam Lockwood the best way he can.

He said “I’ve been there and done it as a manager you could say. It was nice to see Adam Lockwood get the role and I was happy when he asked if I could help out. I was in this position as a young man going into management about 15 years ago so I have that experience to help him and the test.”

Penney has only been in the role for a short time but he is impressed with what the Guiseley squad have shown him so far.

“Training sessions are different than matches, before the loss to Macclesfield I watched them the lads on Tuesday then got involved on the Thursday on the pitch, they looked bright and lively, they wanted the ball, but when you are playing there are different obstacles to overcome and that is something we will get used to.

“The ability is there, the knowledge is there, we need to get clean sheets, we can score goals so that is not the problem, if we do the basics right, we can stay up, if not we can get the personnel in who can.”

During his managerial career Penney has had spells with the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Bristol Rovers and Darlington.

After a break from the game, Penney believes now was the perfect time to get back involved: “I’ve missed it all, the training, the caliber is not far off the Football League just the consistency, we’ve got young guys who will get there, we have players missing you have to overcome that and get them back playing they will make a difference.”

When it was announced he had gained the job, a lot of ex players including the likes of James Coppinger Tweeted their support for him, Penney says this is something he appreciates: “It shows I had a decent relationship with most of my players, I always tried to give players respect and they enjoyed playing for me and that at times can be the most important thing.”

Interview: Thomas Feaheny (@tomfeaheny)

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