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Cox: Let's start building this club back up again

7 August 2020

New Iron first team manager Neil Cox has spoken for the first time after he officially took on the position on Friday morning.

The 48-year-old, who came through the club's youth ranks and made 26 first team appearances before signing for top-flight Aston Villa in 1991, is Scunthorpe-born and bred and is looking to galvanise the football club and town.

Positivity was the overriding theme from his first interview, which can be viewed on the club's YouTube site above or by clicking here, and he started by saying: "It's been 29 years (since I left) and a long time but I'm absolutely over the moon. It's been a busy week with what's been going on behind the scenes but I'm glad to be here and can't wait to get started.

"It's the easiest decision I've ever made. When I left this club 29 years ago it was the hardest one I'd ever made. I didn't really want to leave but I had no option. When I had the conversation with the chairman about what we want to do, I couldn't wait to get here.

"I'm raring to go and have done my homework, picturing what we need to do and how to do it, but the welcome I've had so far has been brilliant.

"We're going to be positive, and get the town back together supporting this football club. That's a big thing for me, we're going to get out into the community, and bring everybody on board.

"Let's start building this football club back up again."

After a playing career at the Iron, Villa, Middlesbrough, Bolton, Watford, Cardiff City, Crewe Alexandra and Leek Town (who he also had a spell managing) which saw him make over 650 senior appearances, Cox has been assistant to Neal Ardley at AFC Wimbledon (between 2012 and 2018) and latterly Notts County (since 2018).

He explained: "It was hard leaving Neal Ardley as we've not only worked together, but we've also been friends for 25 years. We just had disappointment in our last result (the National League play-off final against Harrogate Town), which was difficult to take as we'd worked really hard at that football club changing it around.

"It was tough but at the end of the day I want the number one spot, and to take the pressure on. There's nowhere better to start than this football club."

See the full first interview with our new first team manager on our YouTube site. Click here or above to view.


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