Appointment imminent in search for new Robins boss

It is hoped a new head coach will be appointed at the New Manor Ground in the next few days.
It is hoped a new head coach will be appointed at the New Manor Ground in the next few days.

Ilkeston FC chief executive Nigel Harrop says an appointment as head coach could happen in the next seven days.

The Robins are on the lookout for a new man to take the helm following previous boss Kevin Wilson’s departure, with the deadline for applications now having passed.

An appointment was very close to being made early this week but fell through late on after the coach in question accepted a position at a Football League club instead.

But whilst Harrop was disappointed to have missed out on that occasion, he says there are other options he is now keen to explore.

He said: “We had a very strong candidate who fitted the mould very well, with plenty of experience in the Football League and Premier League as a coach, but he accepted a role at a league club which was unfortunate for us but understandable.

“However, the quality of applicants has been strong and it’s now about finding the right fit for both the coach and ourselves.

“I’ve had a lot of help from senior members of the FA in sifting through the applicants and analysing their credentials.

“There are one or two who have certain coaching badges on their CV when in fact further research highlights they haven’t yet completed them or got them at all, but there are some impressive candidates, many of whom have experience with Premier League and Football League clubs, in particular on the youth side of things.”

The reputation being forged at the New Manor Ground thanks to several high profile progressions into the Football League has helped attract a lot of interest in the position being advertised.

Harrop added: “I’ve been in touch with people at various clubs all over the country who have been able to recommend coaches and also advise me on those who have already applied.

“It’s a bit of a merry-go-round at this stage of the close season as lots of managers and coaches are moving around and so we have to be mindful of that, but I’m hopeful of making an appointment in the coming days.

“We’re looking to appoint an academy manager too but I’d rather wait until a head coach is in place as they’ll be working together from the off.

“We have coaches in situ at the moment - Steve Chettle is one of them as he is still under contract for the time being -but the new faces should be in place soon.

“We have come a long way since the club was reformed and it’s important we now kick on.

“We have a great product here and have been inundated with interest in the coaching roles, as well as being assisted by some well respected names in football in picking the right person.”

One player not returning to the New Manor Ground next season will be Mitchell Rose.

The midfielder, who also appeared at right-back for the Robins, ended the season with Ilkeston having been released by Rotherham United but has now agreed to sign for League Two side Mansfield Town.