Cassidy is new Whitby boss

21 October 2010 10:52
Former Claret Tommy Cassidy is back in football after yesterday becoming the new manager of Evo-Stik Premier League club Whitby Town. It's a return to management for Cassidy whose last club was the now defunct Newcastle Blue Star and he takes over at Whitby from Harry Dunn who resigned at the beginning of this month.Cassidy's managerial career began in Cyprus with Apoel before moving to Ireland where he managed clubs in both leagues. His first club was Glentoran before moving on to Ards and then Sligo Rovers. He was the Glentoran manager at the time Burnley signed Glen Little in 1996.His first management role in England came with Workington Town and his reputation grew there. He took over a club who were in the bottom three of the then named Unibond First Division. He kept them up and then led them to two promotions into the Conference North where they reached the play offs in the 2006/07 season.His head was turned by Newcastle Blue Star, a club who appeared to be throwing money at it, and after the clubs agreed a £20,000 compensation package he made the move. Workington eventually had to go to court to try and get that agreed compensation figure.It all went wrong at Blue Star and unable to meet costs they volunteered to be relegated at the end of the season and Cassidy decided, after just a few months, to move on.That was over two years and he's been out of the game since, until last night's confirmation from Whitby Town that he's their new boss. He'll be in charge for their game at Nantwich on Saturday.Tommy Cassidy spent three years with Burnley, signing in the summer of 1980 from Newcastle United following relegation from the Second Division. He was a member of the side promoted two years later but was released by Frank Casper after we suffered another relegation a year later.