Red Star’s search for a boss gets more urgent

Dave Whitehouse
Dave Whitehouse

Hebden Royd Red Star are yet to find a first team manager with the season now little more than a month away.

The club’s AGM has taken place and the players have returned to training at White Lee Rec without a successor to Dave Whitehouse being appointed.

Whitehouse has confirmed that he has stepped down as boss of the Haslem Sheppard Halifax AFL top-flight side after three seasons in charge.

Scott Clarke is continuing at the helm of the reserves, who play in Division Two.

Whitehouse said: “I have taken a step back as manager. With work commitments and a house move it would be unfair for me to commit to it.

“We are looking for someone to take it on and a couple of players are thinking about it.”

However, Whitehouse said anyone wanting to become manager who was not currently at the club would be considered. He would still be around to help.

Although Red Star needed a 4-2 win at Elland United on the final day of last season to confirm Premier Division survival, Whitehouse said Star were not too far away from having a successful side and the club was on a sound financial footing.

He added: “I would like to thank everyone, including the players, for helping me over the last few seasons.

“Whoever takes on the job will be coming to a good club.”

Red Star’s opening training session was hit by poor weather.

They will be there again at 11am on Saturday and Whitehouse said the intention was to organise midweek sessions as well.