New Town manager Allanson sets out his plans for success

Mitch Cook, Peter Smurthwaite and Gary Allanson
Mitch Cook, Peter Smurthwaite and Gary Allanson

Bridlington Town’s new manager Gary Allanson has said he is determined to bring more success to Queensgate in his second spell in charge.

Allanson agreed to return to the Seasiders last week, after the shock resignation of Mitch Cook, who has left the club because of his work commitments.

Cook led Town to second and third in the NCEL Premier Division during his two season in the dugout, and two weeks ago agreed to continue in the job, despite a 25% cut in the playing budget for 2013/14.

Allanson agreed to join league rivals Winterton Rangers as assistant manager two weeks ago, and admits Bridlington were the only club he would have left them for.

He said: “The call came totally out of the blue from Peter (Smurthwaite, Bridlington chairman) after he had had a meeting with Mitch the previous night and he explained the situation and after that there was only one answer I was going to give.

“We have had a meeting before he went away on holiday and we have put things into place.

“I have spoken to Mitch who I have the highest respect for and made sure everything was OK with me coming back. He has done a brilliant job and been very unlucky not winning the league.

“Mitch was really pleased I had accepted the role, as he knows we have the same philosophy on how the game should be played.”

As well as working to assemble his squad for the new season, Allanson, who led Town to the title in 2010, is keen to make the club more of a part of the community in Bridlington.

“Through pre-season we will train at least once a week at Bridlington as I think this is now important to try and connect with the community.

“This will probably be at the college and we will also train at Bishop Burton. We will have a meeting with the reserve management as we need to interact with them a lot more and I will get through a lot more to their games and training, so I can see how the players are doing and make sure they feel part of the set up of the club.

“We need to create a togetherness and a team spirit that will drive the club to success and will be built on trust, respect and sheer hard work for each other, from everyone at the club.

“I have had some very nice personal messages of good luck and am very humbled, also the quality of players that want to join and backroom staff that want to help has been unbelievable.

“But this means nothing if we aren’t successful, I am in it for the long haul and so I need to get the right pieces of the jigsaw into the right places.

“The hard work has now begun and I have contacted all the players and we are going to have a players meeting this week.

“This will give me the opportunity to put my ideas across and the plan for the season and to announce the backroom staff that will be helping me.

“They will be given a training ‘pack’ of what our expectations are and a plan of when and how we will train. This will be intense but will tell them how serious we are of winning things this season, it’s about ‘having the edge’ and ‘attention to detail’.

“We will set the standards in which they have to reach and they will not be lowered. The players can then go away from the meeting and decide if they want to be on board or not.

“We only want players who want to play for Bridlington Town, working with Winterton has given me a totally different outlook on players’ commitment.

So in true Ian Holloway-style our meeting this week is like a blind date for the players. Some will think they will get a bit of slap and tickle, this is never going to happen, so we won’t see them again.

“Some will think I am fat and ugly but have a decent personality so will come back again to test the water.

“Some will fall in love at first sight and these are the ones we can work with. We will have our fallouts and arguments but overall when we make it back up, it’s a special occasion.”

Allanson admiited he was itching to get back into senior football after a two-year break, although he has stayed involved with the junior section at Hull City.

“I was really starting to miss it, that’s why I applied for the assistant manager role at Winterton, who made me feel very welcome and are a very well run club, with great people and great facilities,” said Allanson.

“I will always be indebted to the manager Leigh Herrick and the committee for giving myself the opportunity to get back involved.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my short time there and initially was totally out of my comfort zone as I didn’t know a soul, I even had to Google Leigh, the manager ,because I didn’t know what he looked like.

“Being honest I probably wouldn’t have left for any other club apart from Bridlington Town as I was enjoying working with the manager and players as I felt we were really starting to affect them.

“They had 25 players at every training session and they didn’t get paid a penny in expenses. True, genuine players.

“Let the journey begin.”