Hogg confident of SILENCING CRITICS

hsb  Ripon v Horbury. Rob Mortimer.  (140118M2a)
hsb Ripon v Horbury. Rob Mortimer. (140118M2a)

New Ripon City manager Alistair Hogg insists he will prove any doubters wrong next season.

The former goalkeeper has taken over the reins at Mallorie Park from club legend Charlie Brown, who stepped down after leading City to seventh in West Yorkshire Premier last campaign.

Hogg joined City from North Yorkshire rivals Boroughbridge at the start of last season to work as Brown’s right-hand man.

He was confirmed as City manager last week, and will start training the squad when pre-season starts on July 1.

He said: “I just wanted to put back in to the game. I feel as though I am ready for it.

“There will be a few doubters, but there’s only one way to shut them up.

“I feel confident that we will.

“The first priority has to be to avoid relegation and consolidate.

“I will give it my best shot, and hopefully we will do well.

“I will have the nucleus of the players from last year and few new additions.

“I am bringing a couple over from York League.”

The veteran spent more than 20 years at Aldborough Road before jumping across the A1.

He said his experience under Blues boss Daz Ekin will hold him in good stead when in the top role at Mallorie Park next term.

Ekin has announced he will continue his long stint at Boroughbridge next season, and Hogg was looking forward to coming to blows in opposition dug-outs.

He said: “Obviously I played a bit under Daz, he’s a great guy.

“Being in the changing room all those years you learn quite a bit.

“It will be interesting coming up against Boroughbridge next year. I might even shake his hand.”

Hogg was forced to retire from playing mid-way through last season, after a nasty collision in mid-air against Otley Town left him unconscious, and abandoned the contest.

The injury gave City a goalkeeping crisis, which was filled by young Harrogate Town goalkeeper Josh Avery.

Avery left Mallorie Park at the end of the season and Hogg’s first role in charge was to find a replacement between the sticks.

And the new gaffer has found his man and snapped up Ripon Red Arrows stopper Tom Cullen.

Hogg added: “He has got ‘It’.

“It’s just whether he can do it in the West Yorkshire Premier.

“Obviously, I have got the experience of playing in this for a long time.

“Josh was willing to learn from me last year, and hopefully Tom will be too.”