Norwood forced to reluctantly step down as boss

Alex Norwood (left) with the young Admirals
Alex Norwood (left) with the young Admirals

Alex Norwood has reluctantly stepped down as Nelson boss due to work commitments.

Norwood made the step up from youth team manager a year ago, after Phil Eastwood left the post after a poor start to the season.

He was unable to arrest the slide towards relegation to the HallMark Security North West Counties First Division, but invested in youth, leaving a promising squad behind.

Norwood said in a statement on twitter: “Due to a change in personal circumstance and subsequent work commitments, it is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as manager of Nelson Football Club.

“Over the last two years I’ve been fortunate to work with, and learn from, some superb coaches and managers, both inside and outside the club, as well as some fantastic footballers.

“I’d like to thank Fayyaz (Ahmed) and Adam (Keizer) for trusting me with ythe position of manager and I only wish them and Nelson the very besy for the future.”

Chief executive Adam Keizer is hoping to make a quick appointment.

Speaking to nelson-fc.com, he said: “Al has brought many good people to the club, none more so than in the youth team set up here, and so it’s disappointing for everyone to see him step down.

“The most important thing for the football club now is that we add some experience and quality to the first team to match the club’s ambitions this season, under a management team who knows what it takes to have a winning team in this league and above. Equally it’s important that we continue to give young players an opportunity in the first team where possible, but we want our youth team players to be stepping into a first team that’s winning games and challenging at the top end of the league.

“We want to name the new manager quickly and ideally want them in place for the Bacup Borough game (on Bank Holiday Monday), we know what we want in terms of type of manager and I’m hopeful we can finalise a deal and make an announcement very soon.

“In the meantime the players and coaches at the club will prepare for New Mills (tomorrow) as well as Bacup Borough coming to town on Monday.”

Nelson have lost their first two league games, after also exiting the Emirates FA Cup, and Keizer added: “We are only two games into the league campaign, but we’ve have had a poor start and that can really impact things as we saw here last season.

“So far since being back in the First Division there’s almost a hangover from last season, which can happe,n but we will be hoping to see an improvement in terms of results as quick as we can in order to ensure this season we are competing for play off positions , which we where we want to be.

“That requires getting a new manager who can achieve those expectations and has the experience and know how required at this level and above.

“It’s a chance to come in and take charge of the team of such a fantastic local club with ambitions to get back into the Premier Division.”