Ex-pro Quinn excited at Mousehole challenge
WAYNE Quinn hopes his appointment as the new player-manager of Mousehole will herald happier times at Trungle Parc.
The 36-year-old will take over from Darren Woodard at the end of the current South West Peninsula League season, where he will be assisted by his former Hayle and Penzance team-mate Matt Shiels.
It's a challenge Quinn is relishing, having spent some time out of the game after a short spell with Newquay this season. His last spell was with junior outfit St Buryan in the Trelawny League.
The former England U21 international, who joined Newcastle United from Sheffield United for £800,000 in 2001, admits playing football had become a 'chore' in recent years. And at a time when finances are playing an increasingly large part in the game, even at Peninsula League level, Quinn admits his love for the game has waned.
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But after agreeing to take over from Woodard, Quinn, who lives in Hayle, is excited about his latest challenge.
He said: "Mousehole have fallen on hard times in recent years, but that was the attraction about coming here.
"My wife (Lisa) and her family are from Mousehole and they've always said why don't you go there?
"I spoke to Darren (Woodard) and when the chance came along to take over at the end of the season it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down.
"Selfishly, I wish the season was finished now so I can get started. I'm really excited."
Mousehole have endured another wretched season near the foot of Division One West, where they have won just two league games this season.
On Good Friday Quinn watched the Seagulls lose 3-0 to derby rivals, and his former club Hayle (report, page 76).
Quinn admits Mousehole's continued struggle at the bottom of the table has done little for the club's image.
But that is something he wants to change. He revealed the club won't have the funds to compete with other teams in the division, and that is a situation he is happy with.
He said: "I'm tired of hearing about players going from here to there for that much, and clubs willing to pay out for them.
"I wanted to go to a club with no money, but with players you can trust. These players (at Mousehole) have stuck with the club through thick and thin, and that's what I want.
"There was a time when I was playing where it had just become a bit of a chore. But there is just something about this club. It feels right.
"I want to get an honest group of footballers together who play for the love of the game."
The club has confirmed Woodard will remain at the club next season, working behind the scenes, and Quinn said: "Darren deserves an enormous amount of credit for the job he has done here. He feels like he has taken the club as far as he can, and hopefully myself and Matt Shiels can bring the good times back to this football club.
"We want to create a real, family friendly atmosphere on a Saturday, where all the players' wives and children can come along and enjoy the day.
"Mousehole is a great little club, run by good, honest people and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
Mousehole are at home to Truro City on Saturday (3pm).