New Brid Town caretaker boss Brett set for Vase baptism of fire

New caretaker boss at Brid Brett Agnew
New caretaker boss at Brid Brett Agnew

Bridlington Town chairman Pete Smurthwaite had no problem in giving Brett Agnew the caretaker manager’s job when he put himself forward after Curtis Woodhouse’s exit.

The former Town striker, 29, stepped in on Sunday after Woodhouse left the club, the latter citing his new boxing academy and family commitments as the main reasons for leaving.

Smurthwaite said: “After Curtis left, Brett asked me if he could have a go as caretaker.

“As far as the manager’s jobis concerned we will see how it goes. We have had four people show interest in the manager’s job."

Agnew, Anthony Bowsley and Gavin Kelly were all brought in as coaches by Town during the summer and Smurthwaite is backing the trio to get the team back on track after an indifferent start to the season.

He said: “The three work well. Anthony is a qualified coach and the experience that Gavin brings as goalkeeping coach, should work well with Brett’s enthusiasm.

“They have a massive baptism of fire in the FA Vase as we have been drawn at home to Consett, who seem to be the big form team up in the North East at the moment, winning all nine of their matches this season including an FA Cup win at the weekend.

“This season Curtis had been unable to go the training sessions so Brett and Anthony Bowsley had been taking the sessions instead.

“The boxing academy is a seven days a week thing for Curtis and everyone who goes there is going because of his name, so he was in huge demand.

“He had maybe not recruited as well as he had thought he had over the summer, but Curtis took us to three cup finals so I would like to thank him for his efforts at Brid.”