Golcar United reserve team boss Jon Newiss is stepping down to concentrate on work commitments and family.
The 37-year-old dad-of-three has had two spells at the club as a player. His first spell was in 2013-15 and his second 2017-2020. He then took on the reserve team manager’s role and he is also on the club committee.
‘Newy’, as he is affectionately known, took over the reins as reserve team manager in time for the 20-21 season, replacing previous boss Chris Cornelly. In his sole season in charge, the reserves narrowly missed out on promotion.
A club statement on Twitter says: “We wish Newy all the best and would like to thank him for his time at the club as both a player and a coach. He is welcome back at the Skye Direct Stadium any time.
“Following the departure of Jon Newiss, Golcar United are now looking for a new reserve team manager for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
“We ask that interested candidates send a football CV to us at email@example.com or phone club secretary Ben Senior on 07825 744829.”
On his time as reserve team boss Newiss said: “It was time to step down, a few things made my decision but the biggest was for family reasons.
“I have three kids – Ronnie, four, Darcey 10, and Keira 12 – and the two youngest are really getting into football and so I want to spend more time with them. They will be playing soon, so it will be great to get them more involved with the club from that angle.
“I remember walking with my dad to Old Trafford and being all excited. The difference with my kids is that they will be walking to the Skye Direct Stadium.”
Newiss has clearly put a lot of hard work into the role and describes how tough it can be at times.
He said: “There is a lot of work involved with the role now we are a semi-pro club. You have to train Tuesday and Thursday and then play Saturday.
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“I have tried to get the reserve team standards as close to the first team as possible.
“I’ve enjoyed working with Ash and Gav Connor (Golcar first team managers). Whilst we did not always agree with each other we respected each other’s view.”
Newiss has been around the local football scene since the age of 15, having played for both Meltham and Marsden before joining United.
On his career he said: “I’ve always been torn between three local clubs. Having made my debut for Meltham at 15, I then moved to Marsden where my relationship with Ash and Gav started.”
Newiss’s final season as a player was curtailed due to Covid-19. However he has always wanted to move into management and has thoroughly enjoyed his position at Golcar.
He said: “Being a manager is always something I wanted to do. Like I say, although I’m leaving this role and it’s one I’ll miss, it’s the right call for me. I’ll still be around the club doing other jobs in the future.”