Ingram set for Pikes challenge

Denny Ingram, left, is the new Pickering assistant manager
Denny Ingram, left, is the new Pickering assistant manager

Denny Ingram is looking forward to a new challenge after becoming the new player/assistant-manager at Pickering Town.

The 38-year-old former Hartlepool and Scarborough FC defender has opted to join up with new Pikes boss Paul Marshall, despite being offered the role as assistant at NCEL Premier rivals Tadcaster Albion.

And Ingram is quick to state that he has big ambitions for the Mill Lane club.

He said: “Leaving Tadcaster was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make, but this is a new challenge for me now.

“I applied for the manager’s job at Tadcaster, and out of 40-odd applicants I was one of two people that were given an interview.

“They made the choice to appoint Billy Miller as manager and I went on holiday, saying that I was going to speak to them when I came back.

“Tadcaster offered me the assistant’s role at the club, but I didn’t think it was something I could commit to 100 per cent because I have been doing a lot of work with Mark Barber Soccer Schools in Scarborough.

“After that Marshy rang me and offered me the assistant’s job at Pickering, which is something that really appealed to me.

“It is the opportunity to team up with somebody that I have a lot of respect for and also somebody that gave me a chance at Tadcaster when no other club did.

“Me and Marshy know what we want to do here, I’m not at Pickering to finish in mid-table.

“We have ambitions and we want to push this club on.

“I want to be competing with the likes of Tadcaster, Worksop and Handsworth, that is what we have to look at.”

Prior to all this, Ingram had already been mulling over a switch to Pickering Town to team up with his good friend Tony Hackworth, Marshall’s predecessor.

With former Leeds and Notts County striker Hackworth now out of football, Ingram is keen to make him one of the club’s first signings as a player.

He added: “I work with Tony, so we’d obviously spoken about me coming to Pickering, but out of respect I left it to the end of the season.

“Unfortunately Tony decided to walk away for personal reasons, which is a shame because it would have given me the chance to work with a good mate.

“I understand his reasons, but I would snap his hand off if he asked me if he could come back.

“He is my best mate and also a huge asset to any club at this level of football.”