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Hogan: I Jumped At The Chance To Return

by August 27, 2019

Central have started life well in AUL League 1 and will look to continue their unbeaten run at home to Springfield tonight.

Manager, Paul Hogan is back at the helm and is relishing the return.

“I was Central’s manager for two years back in 2011 but had to put family commitments first so I stepped away but November of last year I got a call to ask would I be interested in coming back to help out.

“I jumped at the chance and then this year the club appointed me manager which I took on and brought in ex-players Stephen Donovan and Jamie Barry as management with me.

“Management was always the way to go for me after injury forced me to retire,” said Paul.

The division on paper looks competitive and Paul is hoping to challenge on both fronts this season in league and cup competitions.

“League 1 this year looks a very tough league with a lot of travelling but that’s for every team.

“I’m also looking forward to local derby matches with Cathedral and Blackpool and we had a good win over Blackpool last Saturday.

“We got lucky keeping our place in League 1 this season which my aim is to stay in but we will take every game as it comes and see what lies ahead and look to progress in the cups as I’m hoping to put a good cup run together and go one step further than last year when we lost out in the semi-final of the City Challenge to UCC and with the right attitude, our players can achieve this, commented Hogan.

And Paul is looking to use the bulk of the squad over the season to remain competitive throughout the season.

“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead, starting fresh with this group of players.

“We had a good pre season and players are eager to ger started, we still have the bulk of players from last year but I have also brought in a few new players which is spicing things up for places in the first 11 but as I always tell my players about teamwork, one player don’t win you leagues or cups, a whole squad does,” concluded Paul.