Hand confirms third year at the Phoenix helm

Tuesday, 1st April 2008

Manchester Phoenix are delighted to confirm that player coach Tony Hand will continue with the club for a third successive season.

Before the start of the current season Hand, who was again the highest point-scoring British player in the bmibaby Elite League, shook hands with Phoenix MD Neil Morris on a two-year agreement. Speaking after the disappointment of the clubs exit from the playoffs, both were keen to confirm that Hand will be back for a third term at the Phoenix helm.

Tony Hand commented, "This club is still growing and learning, and I'm proud to be a part of it for another season at least. We've come a long way in difficult circumstances and we've still got a long way to go to challenge on all fronts. I know it's a cliché, but Rome wasn't built in a day and the success we all want doesn't come overnight. We've worked hard all season and I really believe that the good foundations we've laid will bring success to Manchester in the years to come. I thought going into the playoffs with Sheffield that we had a good chance and although we've not got to the finals, I think these two games have shown that we have the right spirit within the club to make us successful."

Morris noted, "Throughout the year, Tony and I have talked about his future, and I'm delighted that Tony is staying with the Phoenix. Right from when we first persuaded him to come to Manchester, he has been totally loyal and his efforts on the ice are still incredible to watch. I was keen to reward that by extending his contract in line with our talks last summer and we've shaken hands again. It's important for a young club such as Phoenix that we demonstrate stability, and in retaining this countries greatest ever player and a great coach for the future, I believe we're doing just that."

Tony Hand

Tony Hand will continue with the club for a third successive season

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