Harrop keen to appoint new Robins boss quickly

Steve Chettle (left) and Kevin Wilson have both taken up roles at Nuneaton Town.
Steve Chettle (left) and Kevin Wilson have both taken up roles at Nuneaton Town.

Ilkeston FC owner Nigel Harrop says he wants to have a new head coach in place sooner rather than later - but that patience may also be required to get the right man.

The Robins are managerless after previous boss Kevin Wilson’s contract wasn’t renewed and he subsequently took over at National League North side Nuneaton Town.

Assistant Steve Chettle, who had been offered the chance to take on Wilson’s role at the New Manor Ground, has now followed him to Warwickshire, meaning an entirely new coaching regime will be in place for the new season in August.

And Harrop says he has had a high quality list of applicants so far.

He said: “I was disappointed Steve declined my very good earlier offer to become head coach in the new setup, but I would never stand in anyone’s way if they are not happy at Ilkeston FC so reluctantly I accepted his wishes to move on.

“Steve has done an excellent job here and I thank him for that and wish him well. But that’s football and we move on.

“In terms of who will come in, we have had many applications, some really high-profile, and I am sure we are seen as an excellent opportunity to get on the management ladder if you have ambitions in the game.

“This is a good, well respected football club and recent successes on and off the field attracted serious attention to us.

“In terms of planning ahead it is important to make an appointment as soon as we can but we also have to be patient as some interested parties are still involved with their current clubs as the season comes to a close, but we are pleased with the quality of applicants so far.”

Harrop also took time to praise the club’s supporters following a campaign that ultimately ended in disappointment with a play-off final defeat at Curzon Ashton.

He said: “I want say a big thank you to the many supporters who travelled to cheer us on throughout the season.

“We have incredible support of which myself and the whole club are truly proud, always noisy and in good spirit everywhere and no matter what the score. I know for a fact the players truly appreciate it.

“Many take time off work to travel for hours and often, in the case of midweek games, into the night at no little cost, and even though wel fell just short it’s been an exciting season and we go again in August!”

Harrop added the club’s main sponsors Lobina Transport, Ron Brooks Toyota and SV Timber have already pledged their support to the Robins moving forward, commenting: “To know those kind of companies believe in us is tremendous.”

Applications for the head coach role at Ilkeston close today (Thursday 14th)