PAUL COX is determined to ensure that the ‘little old Guiseley’ tag becomes a thing of the past after being installed as the new manager at Nethermoor.
Just 11 days after leaving Barrow, the 45-year-old is back in work with Guiseley, with the go-ahead appointment having resonated in non-league circles as the Lions seek to transform themselves from perennial survival candidates to an established National League club over time – with ultimate designs upon reaching the next level.
For the time being, Cox is entrusted with getting the Lions back on track after a disappointing start to the season, which saw Adam Lockwood pay the price when he lost his job last week.
But with the club’s playing budget increased in the summer and the Lions intent making a statement at Conference level – with plans to become a full-time outfit further down the line being something under consideration – Cox has similar ambitious horizons which fit in with the mindset of the board.
His CV in non-league circles is certainly an impressive one, having led Mansfield to promotion back to the Football League in 2013 after a five-year absence and taking Eastwood to two promotions in his five seasons in charge.
Latterly in his time at Barrow, Nottingham-born Cox also led the Cumbrian outfit to their highest-ever non-league finish last term when they ended the season in seventh place in the National League.
On his new project at Guiseley, Cox said: “First and foremost, that is the thing that really appealed me when talking to the board – the thing of getting rid of this ‘little old Guiseley’ tag and building us into a football club which has a proper standing in the National League, first and foremost.
“And then (to) have the aspirations and desire to become a Football League club. Albeit this has got to be in a proper timeframe.
“After speaking with the chairman of the board and the club, I am excited about the plans that they have for the club and the ambitions going forward.
“Something that motivates me is developing something and building.
“Talking to the board, there was a logical plan there in a logical time frame with the ambition to ultimately be a Football League club.
“I know it is the toughest league to get out of probably in Europe with one up automatically and one up through the play-offs.
“But with the building blocks and thought process and timeframe to take the club forward, it was something that really appealed.
“I am very excited about putting some strong foundations down on the playing side.”
“Speaking to the board, there is a desire to move into a full-time capacity.
“But all these things are going to be in a timeframe where we are not overexerting ourselves and making sure that we do it in a logical manner.”