Ilkeston Town Appoint New Manager

Thursday 6 September

Ilkeston Town FC have today confirmed the appointment of Martin McIntosh as first team manager as the Club strives to continue the success thus far in the 2018/19 campaign.

Former Rotherham United defender McIntosh has developed a credible reputation in non-league management, most recently leading Buxton FC in the Northern Premier League for a 6 year term.

He will work closely together with Assistant Manager Ian Deakin and our existing backroom staff to further build on the excellent work and the fine results that have seen us cement our position at the top of the Total Motion Midland Football League Premier Division.

Ilkeston Town owner and chairman Alan Hardy said: “Since our inception just 14 months ago, we have established some solid foundations both on and off the pitch which has been reflected in the results.

“Steve Chettle has been the catalyst for all things football at the Club from day one, and given Steve’s achievements in the past year, together with his impeccable attitude and commitment, it was vital that we took a measured approach to finding the right person as his successor.  

“Martin was a stand-out candidate throughout the recruitment process, and his experience and expertise in the Northern Premier League will perfectly complement the existing management team.

“He has already enjoyed an excellent start to his managerial career and I am hugely impressed with his knowledge and attention to detail. His manner and conduct make him the ideal man for the role and he has a real desire to help take the Club on our journey up through the non-league pyramid.

“It’s imperative that we maintain the consistency that has earned us our achievements to date, particularly the backroom staff and players who have again excelled this term. Martin shares these beliefs, but he will also be given the freedom to express himself in the role and put his own stamp on it – it’s important he does so.

“Very rarely will a new manager inherit a team at the top of the table, but I’m excited to see how he takes to the responsibilities and I’ve no doubt the positive run of form will continue.”

As part of the new appointment, Steve Chettle will move to a full-time position at Notts County FC, overseeing the U23 development group and working closely with Harry Kewell and Warren Feeney in respect of first team duties.

“I cannot express my thanks to Steve for the fine job he has done since last summer. The manner in which he conducts himself has helped get the Club to where it needs to be.  Martin will now take the lead in taking us forward once more, with a successive promotion the obvious goal for this season” explained the chairman.

“My thanks also to Ian Deakin, Craig Swinscoe, Simon Bryant and Martin Lench for their sterling work over recent weeks. They are integral to sustaining the high standards we have set and supporting Martin in the next chapter of our story.”

McIntosh will oversee training this evening and take his place in the technical area for Saturday’s away trip to Sporting Khalsa.

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