Former Celtic star joins Ilkeston Town as defensive coach

Ilkeston boss Martin Carruthers is backing new defensive coach Kelvin Wilson to be a success.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 1:49 pm
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 1:49 pm

The former Celtic and Nottingham Forest star has joined the coaching staff at the New Manor Ground.

Wilson, 34, who once played a key role in marshalling Lionel Messi as Celtic beat Barcelona in the Champions League, has joined the Robins primarily as a defensive coach.

However, it is hoped he may also form part of the team on the pitch, having had a break of three years from the game since leaving Rotherham United.

Ilkeston manager Martin Carruthers told the club’s official website: “Kelvin’s a top guy and a great player.

“He has achieved so much in the game and it’s fantastic that he wants to share his knowledge with us at Ilkeston.

“We have known him for several years and feel it’s a great opportunity for him to develop his coaching skills and see if coaching and management is where he sees himself in the next few years.

“Having played for both Forest and Notts County it will be a huge boost to the fans that we can attract someone of the calibre of Kelvin who has played at the very top level of the game.

“He will help both myself and Wayne [Hallcro] develop a solid defensive unit that will help us keep lots of clean sheets this season.”

Off the field, the Robins have also unveiled their new kits for the coming season, which along with new training kits will be used across the club from the juniors u7’s to the first team.

The 2020/21 season sees the Robins partner with TAG Sportswear as their kit provider and Maxwell Cohen replace Precision Flow Screed as the club’s main sponsor and kit sponsor.

The home kit was designed using past Ilkeston colours, combining them right down to the gold piping in order to create a completely new brand, by Ilkeston Investor David Hilton.

Head of Football Mark Clifford said:“ These are very exciting times for the club and I know the amount of time that David spent researching the town and the club alike, there is an excellent range of kit from hoodies to polo shirts that will be available for all supporters to purchase and we expect these to go on general sale before the start of the season.”