New Alnwick Town boss Laidlaw stresses need for speed

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Speed is of the essence for new Alnwick Town Football Club manager Adam Laidlaw as he looks to make his mark following the departure of previous boss Jon Egen.

Laidlaw was previously first-team coach for the club at the start of the season.

The 28-year-old was due to take charge of his first training session as manager tonight ahead of Saturday’s scheduled Ebac Northern League division two game against Chester-le-Street.

The County Durham side are currently second in the table, 14 places and 19 points ahead of the Northumbrians.

They are also due to face Alnwick in the Northern League’s Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup next Tuesday.

Laidlaw says he will be looking for more speed and creativity from his team as they set their sights on a brighter future.

“I want us to play good football. I want to see fast, free-flowing, creative football,” he said.

“I want us to play a possession-based game, keeping hold of the ball and making good use of it.

“Obviously, I want us to win games, but I’m not someone who just wants to win and it doesn’t matter how.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here so far, and I believe we’ve got the players here to play the kind of game I want to see.”

Laidlaw, of Kibblesworth in Gateshead, is also a coach for Newcastle United’s women’s football team, and he will be joined at Alnwick by the female team’s media officer, Mark Craggs, taking the same role here.

Ross Flintoft, a community football coach for the Newcastle United Foundation, has been named as assistant manager, and further back-room appointments are expected to follow shortly.

Laidlaw, a defender as a player, has turned out once for Alnwick this season due to a personnel shortage, but he now wants to concentrate on coaching and is currently awaiting an assessment for his UEFA B-licence.

He also played for the club for a season and a half as a teenager and, since then, has turned out for Ryton, Gateshead, Brandon United, Blyth Spartans, North Shields, Whitby Town and West Auckland.