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Scarborough Athletic appoint former Bradford PA boss John Deacey

Scarborough Athletic

Scarborough Athletic have unveiled former Bradford Park Avenue boss John Deacey as their new manager.

The Northern Premier League side axed Steve Kittrick and Chris Bolder two weeks ago.

Deacey arrives at the Flamingo Land Stadium having most recently been joint manager at Farsley Celtic, where he helped guide them to promotion to the NPL title in 2017 during an 18-month spell at Throstle Nest, before departing for personal reasons.

He started his coaching career alongside Scarborough’s legendary manager Brian France at North Ferriby United. In their first season they won the Northern Counties East League, League Cup and County Cup.

Following this, Deacey moved on to Farsley Celtic alongside Lee Sinnott for a period of great success between 2000 and 2008, gaining two successive promotions with the club from the Northern Premier League up to the National League.

In between his two spells at Farsley, he spent six years at Bradford Park Avenue, which included winning the play-offs in the NPL to reach National League North. Highlights of his time there also included two promotions in three seasons and reaching the FA Cup first round proper on two occasions.

Deacey said: “I’ve been out of the game for a short period of time due to personal reasons, however Scarborough has huge potential to climb the pyramid and this was a job that attracted me back to football.

“I have a few ideas of how to change things around in the short term with the existing squad, however playing positive football on a great surface and operating with an open mind will be instilled across all my teams.”

Chairman Trevor Bull added: “John met all of the criteria we were looking for, including having had previous success at our level and above.

“John comes in at a late part of the season, in anticipation of building for next season and finishing 2018/19 as high up the table as possible. We hope all of our supporters give John a warm welcome to the club.”

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