New boss Hardy vows to keep Blues up

Whitby Town's new manager Chris Hardy
Whitby Town's new manager Chris Hardy

New boss Chris Hardy is 100% committed to keeping Whitby Town in the Evo-Stik Premier.

Hardy took the reins at the Turnbull Ground last week with the Blues sitting in the division’s drop zone and five points adrift of safety.

The former Guisborough Town chief is confident that he can achieve this goal though, before setting his sights on even bigger targets.

“We will be 100% focused on keeping Whitby in this division,” Hardy said.

“Obviously it is a tough task, but there is plenty of football to play and plenty of time for me to put my philosophy in place.

“Once we keep us where we need to be, then we can start looking further forward.

“When I first spoke to the board, I asked whether the club was geared up for promotion and they do have that structure in place, which excites me as a manager.

“Our first task is to bring the fans back through the turnstiles. It isn’t something that will happen automatically because their time is valuable.

“We have to deliver football and results and then hopefully they will come flooding back.”

Hardy and his new assistant-manager Lee Bullock face a baptism of fire tomorrow when they travel to a high-flying Salford side, who have been catching the eye with an impressive FA Cup run.

The boss added: “It is a tough one to start with, but I’m hoping that it will be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show and we might be able to snatch something.

“The players sometimes get a lift when a new manager comes in and I’ll be hoping for that as well.

“We do have a good squad here and they will all be given a clean slate and a fair crack of the whip.

“It is all about fine margins. My task is to work on the positive side of those fine margins and change the fortunes.

“My knowledge of the non-league grassroots scene is excellent, but I’ll not be chopping and changing things straight away.

“It is all about trusting the players and getting them to trust me. This is a two-way thing.

“Lee (Bullock) will play a huge part in this because he is a great bloke and one that sings from the same hymn sheet as me.

“We are both confident that we can push this club forward.”

Whitby Town fans will have the chance to meet Hardy and the players at a special meet and greet session.

The meeting will take place following the Blues’ home game against Sutton Coldfield Town on December 19.

The supporters coach for Whitby Town’s clash at Salford leaves at 9.30am, costing £10.