TONY Ennion has got off to the worst possible start as manager of Whitchurch Alport, seeing his side suffer two heavy defeat in three days.
Saturday’s 5-0 home defeat at the hands of St Helens Town was followed on Monday by an 11-1 thrashing at Barnton.
Ryan Baxter scored Alport’s consolation goal on Monday, but three goals in added time by Kevin Towey – who had already netted twice – rubbed salt into the Alport wounds.
Ennion took over the managerial reins at Yockings Park after Rich O’Keeffe tendered his resignation last week.
The new boss has been involved at Yockings after joining late last year to assist the outgoing manager, and the Herald understands personal reasons were behind O’Keeffe’s decision to step down.
An official statement on the club website read: “The club can announce that with regret, we have this morning accepted the resignation of our first team manager Richard O’Keeffe. The club fully understands Richard’s reasons which are not football or club related, and we will not be commenting any further on the matter at this time.
“The club would like to place on record its appreciation for Rich’s hard work and dedication over the last two seasons, and it goes without saying that we wish him well for the future. Tony Ennion will take over the first team manager’s position for the remainder of the season.”
Ennion, 58, applied to become manager in the summer but the committee opted to allow O’Keeffe a crack at leading the side in its first season as a North West Counties club.
And after an encouraging start, the Reds have slumped alarmingly with just one victory all season and look likely to end it bottom of the table.
The new manager comes with a wealth of experience, having spent 25 years in the game at the likes of Malpas, Northwich Vics, Witton Albion and Alsager among several others.
*For more Alport news, see this week's Whitchurch Herald.