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Brier and Attwood Step Down

4th May, 2011

Brighouse Town have today agreed to accept the resignations of manager Mark Brier and coach Darren Attwood.

When the duo were appointed three years ago, to take charge in Town's first season in the NCEL, their brief was simply to establish the club at this level of the football pyramid.

After a creditable 15th position finish in that first season, they guided the club to promotion to the NCEL Premier Division in only its second season at this level - a fantastic achievement in a highly competitive league.

After a bright start to their first season in the Premier Division, which also saw the club involved in the FA Cup for the first time in its history and some disruptions both on and off the field, a 16th placed finish was achieved.

They also oversaw the creation of their U19 Academy side and nurtured several youngsters through into the first team squad.

Their hard work, dedication and professionalism have established Brighouse Town as a respected NCEL side and they have left a fantastic legacy for the club to move forward in the future.

Brighouse have placed on record their recognition and thanks for the superb job the pair have done in their time in charge and also to their wives and families for their understanding of the huge amount of time and commitment both men have put into the job.

Mark Brier said today: "When we first took the job, we promised to facilitate a player development structure at the club, along with the recruitment of a blend of quality young and experienced players that would help improve and establish the club's first and reserve team playing contingent at the new level.

"I believe we achieved all this and more, with the first team and the club's U19s and reserve teams now competitive and definitely underpinning the club's football future.

"The calibre of players, including more than a dozen U19s that have played for the first team and reserves when needed, has certainly been of a high standard.

"And, whilst results have not all gone as well as we would have hoped, a promotion-winning squad was put together last July and, albeit for a shorter time than we all anticipated, the club was definitely positioned for a possible tilt at a successive promotion this time but due to extreme circumstances, we were unable to achieve this.

"Even for people to be considering this, within three seasons of where the club was when Darren and I were appointed, we should all be proud of this achievement and I think we can certainly say we delivered everything that was asked.

"I'm certain the club will get to the level it is capable of at some stage. It is a town club and, with the right investment, it has potential so I'm sure the job will be sought after.

"I'll be thanking people at the club individually but I'd just like to go on record with my personal thanks to Darren, Simon Wood, Rick Addy, Daz Laycock and Phil Baker and every player that has pulled a Brighouse Town shirt on for their contributions this season and in previous years.

"I'd also like to thank Sophie Box, Matt McArdle, Brian Brooks and Emz Morrison for providing physio and medical support.

"All these people have had to work, train and play in sometimes extremely difficult circumstances and my thanks go out to all of them."

(Story Source: Brighouse Town)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Farsley AFC 38 85 67
2 Parkgate 38 78 39
3 Bridlington Town 38 71 39
4 Tadcaster Albion 38 68 28
5 Winterton Rangers 38 65 21
6 Lincoln Moorlands 38 61 32
7 Pickering Town 38 61 10
8 Thackley 38 60 16
9 Nostell MW 38 56 -6
10 Scarborough Ath 38 54 8
11 Maltby Main 38 54 -2
12 Long Eaton United 38 54 -12
13 Armthorpe Welfare 38 48 -8
14 Hall Road Rangers 38 48 -12
15 Selby Town 38 48 -21
16 Brighouse Town 38 41 -19
17 Liversedge (-1) 38 32 -24
18 Arnold Town 38 30 -34
R 19 Hallam 38 27 -48
R 20 Dinnington Town 38 14 -74
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Staveley MW 38 84 49
P 2 Barton Town Old Boys 38 77 52
3 Yorkshire Amateur 38 75 45
4 Handsworth 38 75 32
5 Pontefract Collieries 38 68 34
6 Louth Town 38 62 17
7 Glasshoughton Welf 38 62 17
8 AFC Emley 38 62 16
9 Askern Villa 38 57 -2
10 Eccleshill United 38 56 14
11 Leeds Carnegie 38 55 -1
12 Worsbrough Bridge 38 55 -4
13 Shirebrook Town 38 52 -5
14 Rossington Main 38 49 -8
15 Grimsby Borough 38 47 0
16 Hemsworth MW 38 42 -18
17 Bottesford Town 38 40 -13
18 Teversal 38 38 -20
19 Appleby Frodingham 38 21 -78
20 Brodsworth Welf 38 2 -127

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