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Liam Watson spells out ambition for Southport
30 June 2008
SOUTHPORT FC have appointed Liam Watson as their new manager just two years after he left to join rivals Burscough.

The Sandgrounders have already poached Linnets hitman Ciaran Kilheeney and more Burscough players are set to join.

Watson, 38, is Southport's third manager in as many months but had a successful spell at the club between 2003 and 2006, including winning the Conference North title.

He said: "The club has already announced that Ciaran Kilheeney has joined and I have every intention of bringing quite a few of Burscough's players with me."
Watson left Southport in 2006 because he didn't want the job full-time and will be juggling his managerial duties with his day job this time.

He said: "I'm coming into the football club to manage but first and foremost my priority is my work for Ashworth Hospital."

Watson leaves Burscough under a cloud, with the Linnets in crisis following chairman Chris Lloyd suffering a brain-tumor amid rumours that expansion plans — including a new stadium — may suffer.

Sources believe as many as nine Burscough players may be on the move with Watson.

"All of this wouldn't have happened if the situation with Burscough chairman Chris Lloyd hadn't arisen," said Watson.

"Chris is my friend and at the moment he is not well, but my thoughts are with him and everything is of a lesser significance.

"It's the financial implications that Burscough are facing at the moment and they have probably had to move their assets.

"Its important that they don't become a Nuneaton or Halifax and go into oblivion, they need to continue playing at the highest level they have ever been."

LIAM Watson believes Southport can push for honours this season.

"My expectation is that Southport will be very competitive,” Watson said.

“Last season I didn't think the league was as good as people thought it was going to be.

"People said the clubs that were going to come down from the Conference would do well but they have taken time to make the transition after relegation.

"Of the ones coming up, Fleetwood have obviously invested really heavily in the squad and Gateshead have done really well."


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