The club’s First Team Manager, Brian Richardson has today tendered his resignation, in order to join FC United of Manchester as their assistant manager.
Since his appointment in October 2016, Brian has transformed the club’s on-field fortunes. The former professional player found Prescot Cables at the foot of the Evo-Stik League North Division and successfully guided the club away from trouble.
The following season, 2017-18, saw Cables come within touching distance of promotion, only to lose out to a late goal in the Play-Off Final at Bamber Bridge. The club again challenged for promotion in the campaign that has just ended, but ultimately finished seventh in a fiercely-contested West Division.
In addition to these impressive achievements, Brian led the club to three consecutive Liverpool Senior Cup Finals, winning the first two and losing the third on penalties. Under Brian, the club did not lose a County Cup tie in open play, winning eleven matches and drawing two. In all competitions, he took charge of 137 matches and won 68 of them, giving him a win percentage of 49.64% which is a remarkable ratio.
In explaining his decision, Brian Richardson commented: “I find myself making a statement I would have not foreseen six days ago. I have been offered an opportunity to join the management team at FC United of Manchester with immediate effect. I have struggled to make this decision over the last week due to the people and players of Prescot Cables Football Club.
“The warmth and friendship shown to me over the last three years here has been overwhelming and allowed me to enjoy my involvement in football. I leave with a heavy heart but I am also excited by a new challenge to attempt to get FC United back up the leagues. I leave behind a tremendous dressing room of players who I hope have lifted the town and made the local people proud of Cables. My only regret is because of the speed of the move I have been unable to say goodbye personally to all the brilliant players, fans and staff who make this club so special.
“In life we all seek fresh challenges. This is one I had to try but I will always remember with fond memories the times we shared together in success, failure,laughter and tears. I leave behind me a great management team and players who I hope carry on and surpass what we have achieved. All the best to you all; you are top people.”
Commenting on Brian’s decision, Club Secretary Matt Roberts said: “I would like to express my gratitude to Brian for his hard work and commitment to the club in his time here. In my short time as Secretary at Cables, Brian has been a pleasure to work with and his commitment to the club was second to none. Brian has had a successful period in charge and made club history with some of his achievements. He will be sorely missed by everyone at the club. I would like to wish Brian every success in his new role and I am sure he will be welcomed by everyone at FC United. They have definitely gained a fantastic guy in Brian and I am sure he will fit in well within their setup.”
While the Board of Directors is obviously disappointed that Brian has chosen to move on, we acknowledge that an opportunity to work at a higher level is difficult to turn down. Brian leaves the club with the thanks of everyone at Prescot Cables for all he has done and our best wishes for the future.