NELSON Football Club has appointed Mark Fell as the new first team manager.
Fell brings a wealth of experience and qualifications with him to Victoria Park having acquired his UEFA A Licence, coached at Preston North End and Accrington Stanley, and recently received the West Lancashire Football League manager of the month award for October after guiding Whinney Hill to the Division Two summit.
And Fell, who is head of the sports department at Accrington and Rossendale College, will bring Tim Breaker to the club as his assistant.
Breaker holds a UEFA B Licence and is a former youth team coach at Accrington Stanley.
He is now working at Rochdale’s Academy.
“Mark has a long term plan for this football club,” insisted Blues chairman Fayyaz Ahmed.
“He has brought a lot to the table and we were very impressed with his vision for Nelson FC.
“He feels he can work within the budget available and take this club forward.
“Mark is an individual who projected ideas for the commercial side of things, where he will work with myself, as well as focussing on the managerial and football side.”
Ahmed added: “The target is to consolidate this year but we’ve set out a four-year plan that centres on progression and taking this club forward.
“I believe we will be back in the Premier Division in the next few years.
“Mark has acquired a venue at the college for training so now we have the facilities and infrastructure to build on. Training is paramount now.
“He has a lot of different strengths that will benefit the club.
“We’ve got to work closely because we both want the same thing.
“We want to achieve promotion but the first task is to stabalise.
“He projected an impressive business and managerial plan that I believe will draw the crowds.”
Fell’s first game in charge will be away at Northwich Villa tomorrow.
He has already moved to sign 20-year-old midfielder Nat Taylor (pictured) and centre back Danny Finch.
Taylor made three appearances for Accrington Stanley last season, before joining hometown club Clitheroe, and he could pull on a blue shirt for the first time tomorrow.
Finch is suspended for tomorrow’s game, however.
Nelson are also in action on Tuesday night as they again take to the road to face Holker Old Boys.
Meanwhile, Barnoldswick Town travel to Stone Dominoes in the Premier Division tomorrow, kick-off 3 p.m., after their weekend fixture versus Stockport Sports at the Silentnight Beds Stadium was postponed.