Robins set to appoint new head coach by the weekend

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Ilkeston FC expect to name a new head coach by the weekend.

Terms have been agreed with a coach who has recently been with a Football League club and holds a UEFA Pro Licence - the highest coaching qualification available.

Robins chief executive Nigel Harrop has opted not to name the coach in question until the contract has been signed, but says he is ‘100 per cent’ certain the deal will be sealed and is excited by the impending appointment.

He said: “He is very highly-rated by those who have worked with him and is going to be a really positive addition for us.

“He has excellent contacts at the highest level of the game and I understand has already begun talking to one or two players he’d like to bring to the New Manor Ground.”

Speaking on Tuesday night, Harrop added: “We have agreed terms and talked about the challenge ahead which excites him greatly, and he is currently going over the contract with a view to signing in the next day or two.

“I don’t foresee any problems at this stage but would rather not reveal his identity until the deal is signed.”

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Meanwhile, Ilkeston’s teenage midfielder Callum Chettle is set to feature for the England C team when they travel to play the Republic of Ireland U21s next week.

The match will take place in Galway next Monday night, with Chettle expected to play a part at some point in proceedings, with a place in the starting line-up a possibility.

Chettle would be the first Robins player to appear for the England C squad, with Che Adams having been called up late last year but signing for Sheffield United in the same week.

Harrop said: “I’ll be travelling to Ireland to see the game and it will be a proud moment for everyone who has been involved in Callum’s development if he plays, although simply having been called up to the 16-man squad is already a testament to the young man’s talent.”