Ex-player Jamie Vermiglio has stepped up to fill the managerial hot-seat at Chorley FC.
The Magpies returned for pre-season training today with Vermiglio taking charge after Matt Jansen’s shock exit.
The ex-Blackburn Rovers player resigned yesterday after three years in charge but now his assistant Vermiglio will take over the reins on a permanent basis and lead the team into the new 2018/19 National League North season.
The 36-year-old returned to Victory Park during the 2010/11 season but due to injury he hung up his boots in December 2014 and joined then boss Garry Flitcroft’s coaching staff.
Vermiglio will be supported by Jonathan Smith and the new boss is aiming for promotion after back-to-back play-off defeats.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted and it’s a very proud moment for me.
“After talking to Matt and wishing me all the best I couldn’t wait to get going. Over the three years we’ve continued our development in the National league North and improved every season. We worked well together but Janny feels he need to move on and I wish him all the best for the future. We will still stay in touch. The way it’s come about wasn’t ideal but it’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down - Janny appreciates that. This is an amazing club, built on tradition and the board of directors know what they’re getting with me. I’m focused, driven and will do everything to make sure we get the best possible chance for promotion.
“Goals for the season are very simple - there’s no point in playing football if you don’t want to win. We’ll win and lose gracefully. At the start of the new 2018/19 campaign our mindset is to win the league and to perform to the best of our ability. I’m sure this is the goal for every other club.”
And the headteacher says his job will not impact his commitments to the club.
He said: “Looking at other aspects in my life, it’s no secret I’ve commitments elsewhere being a Headteacher, but at the same time I’m giving it everything to the job. It is a part time role, with a full time expectation and this is something I’m going to relish.
“The club is huge and it’s vital we have everyone’s support. People come and watch us because they want success and want to support their home town club. Ultimately it comes down to watching a team that is playing attractive football and winning games. As a club, that’s what we’ll all be aiming to do. We want the fans to know we’ll be giving it absolutely everything, along with Jonathan Smith and other people who’ll be coming in. I just ask that fans are not personal. Football is a game of opinions and I haven’t a problem with those who are critical; that’s good along with making mistakes because you learn from it but I want everyone on side and we are here for one thing - to build and achieve success at Chorley Football Club.”
And chairman Ken Wright said Vermiglio’s vision is what they want at the club.
He said: “Jamie was a popular player and I’m sure he’ll be just the same as manager. He’s young, experienced and his knowledge of non-league football is second to none. Since joining as assistant manager he has already proved he wants to work with young players, make them better and help develop for the future. His vision in football and the way he is thinking about Chorley Football Club is what we want.
“He wants to structure a team and has proved already his capabilities, with the research he completes before every single match. That’s been huge to our success on the pitch over recent seasons. He’s an open guy who wants to work together with good staff at Victory Park in an environment, which is conducive to building something strong. His abilities are underpinned by a strong work ethic and his enthusiasm in embracing Chorley, our values and our ambitions which has been hugely impressive over the years.”