MOSSLEY’S turbulent campaign has, since the last edition of the Correspondent, seen seven new signings, seven players leave along with assistant manager Paul Phillips.
The latest movements mean 41 players have featured for Mossley in their 2019-20 campaign while manager Dave Wild has had a remarkable four assistants. And there is still three months of the season remaining.Phillips, the latest assistant, had only been at the club one month when he was appointed Matlock Town appointment in the division above Mossley.
Wild persuaded Phillips to become his No 2 after he had been sacked by Buxton.
He said: “Paul goes with our blessing after he was given the chance to manage at a higher level.
“In the month he was here, Paul was phenomenal. He is a great bloke and he remains a great friend.”
Phillips, 41, had previously managed Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic and Glossop North End where he was joint boss with former Mossley manager Steve Halford.
There was a familiarity with four of the five arrivals as they returned to Seel Park.
Striker Kayde Coppin, 30, scored 23 goals in 95 appearances for Mossley between 2011 and 2013 before following Halford to Ashton United. He has since also played for Buxton and Glossop.
“Kayde is a great leader on the pitch and has a burning desire to win,” explained Wild.
Wild also describes Mark Lees, 31, who began his playing days at Mossley Juniors, as a leader.
He said: “Mark’s performances have been on a different planet. He is the most important signing I have made as manager.
“He is professional, his work ethic is phenomenal and he puts demands on others as well as himself.”
Lees was signed from neighbours Stalybridge Celtic where he had been unable to command a regular place in the side.
He has played at a higher level for Buxton, two spells at Ashton United, Hyde United, Altrincham, two spells at Stalybridge Celtic, Stockport County and AFC Telford United.
Central defender Keil O’Brien, signed on a one-month loan from Trafford, made 42 appearances for Mossley in the 2011-12 season and 12 the following season before joining Chorley for an undisclosed fee.
O’Brien, who Wild describes as a “solid player”, helped Chorley win promotion to the National League before joining Bury, making his debut in a 1-0 defeat at Luton Town in the FA Cup.
He has since played for FC Halifax Town, Southport, Stalybridge Celtic and a spell in Australia for Moreland City FC before signing for Trafford on his return for the 2017-18 season.
Striker Szymon Czubik, 20, has been signed on loan from Stockport County for the rest of the season.
The Polish-born player had a spell on loan with the Lilywhites last season from Stockport, scoring once in 10 appearances, most from the bench.
“Szymon is a great player with a great engine and also has a desire to win,” said Wild.
The final new player is midfielder Sam Kilner, 18, who has been signed from Buxton. He was previously a trainee at Rochdale.
Wild has also signed Lilywhites’ Under-21 players Nelson Onwusiri and Dion Battes on first-team forms.
The biggest departure was midfielder Simon Lenighan, the former FC Halifax Town player, who has joined Buxton.
Wild admitted his departure was influenced by the necessity to cut the wage bill while Lenighan had the chance to play at a higher level.
The surprise departure was Ben Richardson, player of the month for December who has signed for Ramsbottom United who are chasing promotion in Mossley’s decision.
Richardson made 192 appearances during four spells with the Lilywhites and played in both the first and last games of the decade. The full back signed off by scoring a wonder goal in his final game against Marine.
Wild admitted exciting young winger Brad Lynch’s move did not work out which is why he has returned to Atherton Collieries.
Striker Jamie Rainford, who scored three goals in nine games following his move from Runcorn Linnets, has signed for Widnes.
“Jamie has a young family and wants to spend more time with them which is why he has left to join a club nearer to his home in Liverpool,” said Wild.
Raheem Hanley, the former Manchester United junior and pro at Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City, has signed for Radcliffe Borough.
“It is an opportunity to play at a higher level and I would never begrudge a player leaving to do that,” said Wild.
Matty Williams, unable to catch the team following his move from Radcliffe Borough, has joined Droylsden and Astley Mullholland, recovering from a broken leg sustained pre-season, has also left to find a new club.