Skipper Teague hails new Chorley boss Vermiglio’s winning mentality

Andy Teague. Photo credit: Josh Vosper
Andy Teague. Photo credit: Josh Vosper
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Chorley skipper Andy Teague says continuity is key as he praised the appointment of ‘winner’ Jamie Vermiglio as manager.

Like when Garry Flitcroft departed in the summer of 2015, Chorley have recruited from within to replace outgoing boss Matt Jansen.

Jansen was Flitcroft’s assistant before taking over the reins and guiding the Magpies to the National League North play-offs twice in his three seasons.

But on the eve of pre-season, Jansen resigned and now his assistant Vermiglio, 36, has stepped up and will take charge of his first league game on August 4 when Chorley host York City.

And Teague says that continuity will keep the same team spirit that has been key to their push towards the next tier in recent years.

The 32-year-old centre-half, who played with Vermiglio at Chorley before injury forced the new boss to retire, says the squad know exactly what they are getting from their new man – a winner.

He said: “I think it was the same when Garry left a few years ago.

“As a player you want to keep the same sort of knowledge of the team, and for Janny to come in, then Vermo now, it keeps the same spirit.

“He will have his own ideas but I don’t think too much will change.

He added: “Everyone is still upbeat. We found out Vermo will be the manager and he has a lot of knowledge of the club, how we like to play, what the community is like.

“We could not have asked for anyone better to take on the role.

“When I first came to the club Vermo was a player.

“He is a winner at the end of the day.

“He wants to win things, when he played he wanted to win and I’m sure he will take that into management.

“It is going to be a good season and we have got to look forward and ahead now Janny is gone.

“There is nothing we can do about that so we will back Vermo and continue to keep the club progressing.”

Chorley returned for pre-season last month and face West Lancashire League side Euxton Villa in a friendly on Monday July 9.

And skipper Teague says this is the start of the hard work for their aim for the season: winning the division and ending that near three decade absence from the top tier of non-league.

He said: “The season finishes and the first couple of weeks of the off season are brilliant because you have a rest but then you are just itching to get back playing and our objectives are clear this year: We want to win that league.

“It all starts from now with the hard work.”