BREAKING: Ilkeston FC part company with head coach Andy Watson

Andy Watson
Andy Watson

Ilkeston FC head coach Andy Watson has tonight left the club.

A statement released by the Robins says the decision was taken by ‘mutual agreement’ and that the club and Watson have parted on ‘good terms.’

Watson told the Advertiser he had been notified of the decision today after a meeting with club chief executive Nigel Harrop but would be making no further comment for the time being.

When asked about Watson’s departure, Harrop tonight told the Advertiser the decision has been made with changes planned ahead of next season in mind.

He said: “The club’s ethos will not change and the emphasis will remain on youth as it has from the start, but we are having to move things around in order to be able to bring in two or three experienced players that can help the youngsters on a number of levels and help take the club forward.

“We want to bring quality to the club and when the fans see what we’re trying to do they will understand the decisions we’ve made.

“I’d like to thank Andy for the great job he has done at the club, often in very difficult circumstances. We had to make some tough decisions during the season but it was important to cut our cloth accordingly to safeguard the club’s future, and I can assure fans that, contrary to what some may believe, the club is in absolutely no danger of going out of business and that further announcements regarding its future direction will be made in due course.”

Watson joined Ilkeston last summer as assistant to former head coach Gavin Strachan. When Strachan departed for Doncaster Rovers in October, Watson took the helm and subsequently led the Robins to seven straight wins.

Ilkeston are set to end their campaign at Ramsbottom United on Saturday having seen their safety secured thanks to a good run of form in recent weeks.

Keep an eye on for more on this story as it develops.