Ilkeston to appoint Gavin Strachan as head coach

Gavin Strachan
Gavin Strachan

Ilkeston FC are set to appoint Gavin Strachan as their new head coach.

The 36-year-old Scotsman has spent the last four years as a coach at Peterborough United and will be officially appointed once formalities regarding his severance pay at United have been finalised, expected to be later this week.

Strachan, whose father Gordon is the current Scotland manager, was initially in the youth setup but spent last season with the first team under former boss Darren Ferguson until the coaching staff left the League One club in February.

He holds a UEFA Pro Licence - the highest-level coaching qualification available - and replaces Kevin Wilson who left the New Manor Ground at the end of last season having guided the Robins to the Evo-Stik Premier League play-off final.

Ilkeston chief executive Nigel Harrop is excited by the impending appointment.

He said: “Gavin is regarded as one of the game’s most promising young coaches and is extremely well qualified.

“He showed a great interest in this role and is keen to make the step up to being a head coach. He is well aware of how we operate and will fit the bill perfectly.

“He has great contacts in the game, including his dad who I have also spoken to and who is delighted to see Gavin move into this kind of role.”

Strachan played over 150 league games for Coventry City, Hartlepool United, Notts County and Peterborough before dropping into non-league football with Corby Town, Hinckley and St Neots.

He says he is delighted to have accepted the role at Ilkeston.

“I’m really excited by the challenge,” he said.

“I’ve read a lot about Ilkeston over the last few months so know all about what they’re trying to achieve and it’s really appealing to me to be involved in.

“What struck me when I spoke to Nigel Harrop was that the club is run as professionally as possible with the majority of staff being full-time and that will help us attract better quality players. It also seems everyone at the club feels involved which is important.”

“I love the idea of developing young players and was youth team coach at Peterborough as well as having lots of youngsters in the squad when I was involved with the first team.

“I was even aware of Che Adams purely because we were very keen to sign him!”

“I’m used to working with players of the kind of age Ilkeston’s squad currently boasts and have a good idea of what they need to learn.

“When players are still so young you’re in a position where you can arm them with good habits in terms of technique, tactically and mentally, so I’ll be aiming to do that.”

Strachan added that although the Robins job is his first as a head coach, he says that is a role he has been keen to take on in the last few years.

He said: “I enjoyed my time at Peterborough but always in the back of my mind was an ambition to have a go at being a manager and getting to stamp my own ideas on things.

“I have good mentors, not only my dad but also people like Darren Ferguson who I worked with at Peterborough, so there is plenty of advice on hand if I need it.

“Non-league football is tough and part of the challenge of taking in players from league football is making them aware of the harsh realities of football at this level, but being full-time will help no end and I can’t wait to get started.”