PETER BAND willingly admits that he is gutted after being sacked as co-boss of Mossley with his pal Lloyd Morrison. He loved the club.
But he’s also quick to stress that his desire to be a manager is undiminished. Soccer is his life and he and Morrison want to get back into the game as quickly as possible.
Band learned of his dismissal yesterday (Wednesday) evening when he received a phone call from director John Larner. He recalled: “John said ‘we’ve had a discussion and we think you need to go’. I’ve been in shock ever since.
“We really didn’t see it coming. It’s not been the best of seasons but on Tuesday, when we got a great point at Colne, I thought we were back to our old selves. We should have won. Lloyd was going to watch Ramsbottom tonight and I was going to take training. I’ve been talking to players I wanted to bring in for next season.
“I would never walk away from a job but at the end of the day it’s Mossley’s decision and I’ll live with it. The last thing I want to do is come across as sour.
“When I became manager at Seel Park I did wonder what I’d done, but I ended up loving every minute of it. All I want to do now is to get back into football as quickly as possible because I love non-league and the people involved.”
Band and Morrison were appointed in 2013 and in that time built Mossley sides that were able to consistently punch above their financial weight in the NPL first division north. However, a run of 15 games with only one win proved too much for the directors who have now appointed Stockport Town boss Dave Wild as manager with Terry Hincks as his assistant. Hincks has experience at Cheadle Town and Glossop North End.
Although Band refuses to criticise Mossley, he is eager to defend his record at the club and says that he is immensely proud of what he and Morrison achieved.
“When I was first given the job, most of the players followed Steve Halford to Ashton United. I managed to get a squad together and we finished 14th,” Band explained.
“In the time since Lloyd and I took over in 2013 I feel Mossley did better than most local clubs. Hyde, Droylsden and Stalybridge were all relegated while we dominated the Manchester Premier Cup. Not everyone can win titles, especially with the number of clubs now paying silly money, but we won trophies.
“Crowds went up at Seel Park while we were there and we built up a good relationship with the fans. I’ve been overwhelmed by the messages and phone calls I’ve received. Lloyd isn’t my partner anymore, he’s become part of my extended family.
“When I was at Hyde United, Gerry Clowes used to have the dressing room bouncing but he taught me that if you respect people then they will respect you. I’ve always tried to do that and I’ve always tried to give players a chance because Mike McKenzie gave me a chance. A lot of them have gone on to greater things. Richard Bennett is playing for Carlisle. Scott Hogan is at Aston Villa.
“At the end of the day I had seven good years at Mossley as a player and manager and it’s left me with a lot of good memories. Lloyd and I will dust ourselves down and go and watch a few games. Hopefully we’ll be back soon and can use those players we were lining up.
“We’re gutted but we’re proud of what we’ve achieved. And nothing will stop us having a laugh.”