Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: I'm the Main Man! and Hardy Is Looking Forward to Proving His Worth ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig CHARTERED VALUATION SURVEYORS & ESTATE AGENTS Non-League Notes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: I'm the Main Man! and Hardy Is Looking Forward to Proving His Worth ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL in Association with Ron Greig CHARTERED VALUATION SURVEYORS & ESTATE AGENTS Non-League Notes

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

ROOKIE boss Chris Hardy is aiming to show what he can do as the main man next term after his KGV baptism of fire.

Ambitious Hardy started the season as a dug-out deputy to Alan Robinson at Thornaby then took up a similar sidekick role at Guisborough.

But the exit of Prioryman manager Dean Coates in February thrust Chris into the front line - and he is loving it.

Despite having to shed some of Town's big name players and reshuffle his pack on the hoof, and despite a recent run of just two points from seven games Hardy's enthusiasm for the task is undiminished.

"It's nice to be the No 1," he said. "Obviously I am making all the big decisions and being judged on them but I am not worried by that.

"I have spent a lot of years learning the trade and know how I want the game played.

"This is giving me the chance to show what I can do, to prove that I can build a decent team that gets the results and plays good football.

"My aspirations are to go to as high a level as possible. It is no different to being a player, you want to prove yourself on the biggest stage possible.

"But if I want to do that I have to make a success of it at Guisborough Town, and I intend to do that."

Hardy cut his teeth with seven years as manager at Teesside League outfit Thornaby Athletic before jumping at his chance to step up to the Northern League as a coach under Peter Mulcaster at Bishop Auckland.

At the start of this season he switched to Teesdale Park as assistant manager under Robinson before quickly moving on to take up a similar role at the KGV with Coates - who had been his No 2 at Thornaby Athletic.

"I learned a lot under Mully and Robbo and enjoyed working with Dean again when I came here and when he decided to wrap in I felt I was ready to step up," said. Hardy "Luckily when Dean went the chairman saw enough in what I was doing, my coaching and man-management and organisation, to offer me the job. …

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