Leo in charge at Welfare

Armthorpe's Leo Fortune-West shouts out the orders against Pickering. Picture: Andrew Roe
Armthorpe's Leo Fortune-West shouts out the orders against Pickering. Picture: Andrew Roe
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FORMER Doncaster Rovers favourite Leo Fortune-West wants Armthorpe Welfare to become pass-masters after being confirmed as the club’s new manager.

Fortune-West, who scored 21 goals in three seasons at Doncaster between 2003 and 2006, replaces long-serving boss Des Bennett in the Church Street hot seat after Bennett stepped down for family and business reasons.

A club statement said: “Based on the final games of the season, Fortune-West’s philosophy seems to have been about retaining possession, playing short passes and keeping the ball on the floor.

“Although results haven’t gone our way recently, some of the football has been good to watch.

“Hopefully, with pre-season to prepare, the team can come out in August and get results from the off.”

Fortune-West has been with the Premier Division club as a player for 18 months, more recently working in a player/coach role.

The statement added: “In the final weeks of Des Bennett’s reign, Fortune-West has become more involved in handling matchday affairs and team selection and has built up a good rapport with the current group of players.

“This should help with the smoothest transition possible and increases the chances of retaining some of the players from last season.”

Gary Paton has also been appointed as Armthorpe’s new assistant manager.