Cox makes Barrow AFC return with new club Guiseley

Back in town: New Guiseley manager Paul Cox JAMES WILLIAMSON
Back in town: New Guiseley manager Paul Cox JAMES WILLIAMSON
11 September 2017 3:10PM

PAUL Cox will look to inflict a body blow on his former club tonight with new side Guiseley.

Less than three weeks after his departure from the Barrow AFC dugout, Cox returns in charge of the Lions seeking a first win (7.45pm kick-off).

Guiseley were held to a goalless draw at home against Eastleigh Cox's first game in charge on Saturday having taken over from the axed Adam Lockwood.

Much as when he arrived at Barrow two years ago, he has gone into Nethermoor with the stated ambition of helping the club reach the Football League in the next few years.

That is a long way in the future for the 45-year-old and his new charges, and first he must focus on his return to Holker Street for his first away game with Guiseley.

“Football always does this to you, but I'm looking forward to it,” Cox told the Guiseley club website. “I've got some absolutely amazing memories from just 18 months there – the journey we went on there was unbelievable.

“I've already spoken to the boys about the hurdles that are going to be placed in front of us, getting over some of the psychological issues that going to Barrow creates in a midweek game.

“This is a process of growth for the players and the football club, and I will be looking for the players now to embrace going away from home, a tough place to go away from home, and to have an inner-belief that we cannot just compete and make up the numbers, but win.

“Psychologically, that's our next step, and I'll be looking forward to Tuesday to see if we come on in the psychological aspects of the game.”

Cox recalled forward Raul Correia for the Eastleigh game, which saw Guiseley claim a first point in four matches.

Their only win to date came against the only side below them in the National League table, Torquay United, and they have scored only a single goal away from home in four matches so far, losing all four.

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