Non League: Town lure proved too tempting for Watts

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Former Hallam manager Julian Watts says the opportunity to join Shirebrook Town was just too good to turn down.

The former Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday centre-half, who took over Hallam’s Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Division One rivals Shirebrook last week, told The Star: “Once I spoke to the president and he laid out the plans for the next five years, it all really appealed to me.

“They are looking to get to the Evo-Stik division and every manager wants to manage as high as they possibly can. Their ambitions met mine and it was a good opportunity for me.”

Under Watts leadership, Hallam endured the pain of relegation from the Northern Counties East League Premier Division in 2011 after losing to Arnold Town on the final day of the season. Watts then steered the side to two mid-table finishes.

“I think I did a good job; it was a difficult job,” he said. “It was very disappointing to get relegated and lose to the team that eventually stayed up. People will look at two mid-table finishes and see it as disappointing but we have been building a young side for the future of Hallam.”

Chris Sellars has been instilled as the new manager of Hallam.