‘I’m going nowhere’ – Scott

Date published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DESPITE an approach by Kingstone Press Championship club Barrow Raiders, Oldham RL coach Scott Naylor has assured fans: “I’m going nowhere.”

It hasn’t gone unnoticed in the two professional divisions below Super League that Naylor (41) assembled a young squad on a tight budget in his first job as head coach and led them to Championship One runners-up spot and beaten Grand Finalists.

Oldham had the best away record in the division — seven wins out of eight — and were one win short of pipping North Wales Crusaders to automatic promotion as champions.

A 32-18 Grand Final defeat to Rochdale was a major disappointment, but achievements over the season, which included heading into the play-offs on a nine-match unbeaten run, surpassed all pre-season expectations.

Jack Spencer, son of Oldham’s assistant coach Lee Spencer, has played 16 games in his first season at Barrow, who are looking for a new head coach to replace the sacked Darren Holt.

Commenting on reports linking him with the Craven Park job, Naylor said: “It’s true they’ve been in touch, but I’m not going; I’m going nowhere.

“It’s nice to be approached and to know that you are wanted by another club, but you could say, especially after Sunday, that there’s unfinished business still to be done at Oldham.

“I’m happy doing what I’m doing at Whitebank; I’ve got a good group of players; and I want to carry on doing the work I started with ‘Spanner’ (Spencer) last November.

“Apart from all that, both ‘Spanner’ and I are under contract for another year.

“Like everybody else, I was bitterly disappointed that we failed to win promotion but, win or lose against Rochdale in the final, it wouldn’t have made any difference to my situation at the club.”

Naylor was reported to be among several potential Barrow targets, including former Craven Park players Anthony Murray (who also had a spell at Oldham) and Dean Marwood and Australians Phil Veivers and Dane Dorahy.