BREAKING: Ilkeston confirm permanent appointment of Head Coach Andy Watson

Andy Watson.
Andy Watson.

Ilkeston have rubber-stamped Andy Watson’s appointment as head coach at the club.

Watson has a 100 per cent record since taking the reins on an interim basis.

He replaced Gavin Strachan, who was lured to Doncaster Rovers as assistant manager, and has now been made the permanent successor.

During his playing career, Watson made 212 league appearances with Aberdeen, Leeds United, Hearts and Hibernian and was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side that won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1983.

After accepting the job on a permanent basis, Watson told the club’s website: “It’s a totally new venture for myself, my whole career by and large has been as an assistant, but when Nigel asked me to take the job on, it was a no-brainer.”

Chief Executive Nigel Harrop said: “Being able to appoint someone of Andy’s ability and wealth of experience with immediate effect, shows the strength of the backroom staff that Gavin and myself put together.

“I had absolutely no hesitation in making this decision.”

On Saturday, Watson takes his troops to Cambridge City for an FA Trophy tie.