Statement from New Mills - Managerial Changes
Wed 21st December 2016 | New Mills | By Ian Templeman
New Mills have issued the folowing statement with regard to the changes in the managerial team:
New Mills AFC Committee are thrilled to welcome Calum Sykes to New Mills AFC, Calum brings with him an experienced and forward thinking Management team.
Calum has spent the last three seasons managing at Stockport Town FC in the North West Counties Division one, reaching the playoff semi-final last season. Calum previously worked at Glossop North End and guided their Reserve side to the last NWCFL reserve league title.
Calum coaches full time in and around the New Mills area and has been coaching since he was 17 years old. Calum once created his own amateur side Aldwyn Town before stepping up to non league level.
Gareth Cross began working with Calum two seasons ago, Gareth "Crossy" had spent the previous 12 years as first team manager of Newton FC before deciding to take some time away, however this lasted just a few months before teaming up with Calum at Stockport Town. Gareth's knowledge and passion is clear for all to see and he is the perfect assistant
Nick Dowse joined Calum and Crossy at Stockport Town at the start of this season, assisting with the coaching. Previously after retiring from his playing career he started coaching at Denton West End juniors and then managed their open aged team, also he coached at Newton FC with then Manager Gareth Cross before taking the role of Assistant Manager at Denton Town.
Lee McDonagh completes the Management team as physio, he will be busy as the new Management team are looking at training twice during the week preparing for the forthcoming Saturday League fixtures
The club has 18 games (54 possible points) before the end of the season and we have to turn round the results and build for the future. Calum and his Management team bring knowledge and coaching qualities to the team, and he is excited by the challenge ahead.
"It is a great honour to be appointed as the first team manager of New Mills Football Club. The club have had a difficult period in the last couple of seasons and my immediate aims are to improve our current league position and climb the table, place by place, and gradually take the club into a position where we can build from.
“There are already so many excellent players at the club I don't feel that wholesale changes is what we require, but to refine their skills and add three or four players to the side to take us to that next level.
“My aims are to restore this club to the levels expected from the fans and produce performances to be proud of. We are as one big family, we all have the same hopes for our club and my team and I will be doing all we can to achieve and surpass our targets.
“I would like to take this time to thank Stockport Town FC for the last three seasons and wish them well for the remainder of the season.
“I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead and enjoying magnificent support from the Millers fans in the coming years".