Non-league football: Managerial merry-go-round sees five changes

Former Hallam boss Julian Watts
Former Hallam boss Julian Watts

One thing that never stops in our football is the sacking or leaving of our managers.

In the past 12 months five of our seven North Counties East League clubs have changed managers and one of those has changed managers three times.

In the Premier Division, Staveley have announced that Neil Cluxton takes over the manager reins with James Colliver as his assistant.

Worksop Parramores new manager is Russ Eagle, who takes over from Darren Bland. Louis Axcell is his assistant.

Parkgate’s third manager inside a year is Stevie Adams who steps into Eagle’s shoes, with Lee Mellon as his assistant. Only last week Maltby Main announced their manager Chris Dunn had resigned after just a successful year in the post because of work commitments, leaving the “Miners” advertising for a new manager.

Hallam saw their manager leave, as Julian Watts resigned to become his local club Shirebrook Town’s new boss.

Julian did an excellent job at Sandygate without paying any money to his players and he will be a hard act to follow.

However, new manager Chris Sellars and his assistant Wayne Thompson are confident they will have a very good season with promotion their main aim.

One of the most searched for dates in our close season however, is the date the Football Association release their FA Cup draws for the early rounds, not to mention the FA Trophy and The FA Vase.

This season they will be released on Friday July 5 and many of our clubs will be searching for the name of their opponents be it at home or away.

Three of our clubs who will be keen to read the draws are Athersley Recreation, who yesterday were informed that besides being in the FA Vase, they would this season be in the FA Cup as well.

In the FA Vase this season for the first time, is Windsor Food Service County Senior League club Penistone Church whilst fellow leaguers Handsworth were also informed that they would be allowed back into the FA Vase this season.

The application by Shaw Lane Aqua Force to be promoted to Division One of the NCEL as winners of the Windsor Food Service County Senior League, which was rejected by a large majority of the clubs, will have its outcome when the FA gives its decision on July 8. The decision will be binding.

And one NCEL chairman said about the Premier Division increasing to 24 clubs, whilst Division One remains at 22, “it’s not two extra Saturday home games, it is four extra night matches, something we do not relish or indeed want”.