Worksop Town boss Craig Parry has said he believes the time is right for Craig Rouse to step up as a manager, as he leaves his assistant role to become Pontefract Collieries boss.

Rouse has been announced as successor to Andy Monkhouse at the Northern Premier League North West Division club, returning to a place he has enjoyed success with previously as a player.

Parry told Worksop’s website: “After what has been a tough past couple of days for Craig Rouse in making decisions that will shape his coaching career, I would like to confirm that Craig leaves his role as my assistant manager at Worksop Town Football Club. Firstly, I would like to place on record that he goes with all my blessing, and I believe that it is the right time for him to be a number one in his own right.

“With the joint-success that we have shared over the past five years, he deserves the chance to have a career in his own right at the top of the team. Being a football manager is not always an easy job.

“There are a lot of good times, but also a lot of tough times and hard decisions that you make on a daily basis, and throughout these times and decisions, Craig has given me, as an assistant, all his support, advice, and hard work over the past five years whilst in my management position. I thank him and I will always be grateful.”

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