Fildes excited ahead of managerial debut

North West Counties Division 1 match between Nelson (white shirts) v Squires Gate.'A flying Joshua Westwood attempts to block Paul Fildes' cross. PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-1-2015
North West Counties Division 1 match between Nelson (white shirts) v Squires Gate.'A flying Joshua Westwood attempts to block Paul Fildes' cross. PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-1-2015
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New Nelson boss Paul Fildes is looking forward to the challenge ahead at Victoria Park after hanging up his boots to focus solely on the managerial post.

The 34-year-old, whose dad Terry had two spells at the helm with the Admirals, will travel to the Barton Stadium to take charge of his first game against 1874 Northwich tomorrow.

“I’m over the moon,” said Fildes, speaking to the club’s website.

“It came a little bit sooner than expected. It’s a massive opportunity for me now and I’m going to hang my boots up, take the job seriously and get a good team behind me.

“There are some cracking lads here and it’s a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.

“When you want to be a manager it’s got to be for the right reasons at the right club and at the right time.

“I just think in my career now it’s the right time. I want to be a manager and I was going to retire at the end of the year but this job has come up now and it’s an ideal opportunity. I’ve got to take it with both hands.

“They’ve got a very good foundation here and they want to give the young lads a chance. At certain clubs they don’t get the chances. People have their own top 10 players and the younger ones get put on the bench.

“At the minute they’re all young lads and they’re all keen and they all want to do well. It’s a good foundation for me to move on to.”

Mark Fell’s successor observed from the sidelines as the Blues were beaten 3-0 by defending champions Chorley in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

He was then denied a home debut in the dugout against Runcorn Linnets due to a waterlogged pitch at Little Wembley.

And he feels he has a selection headache ahead of tomorrow’s clash following the performance against the Magpies.

“I spoke to the lads and I basically said that you’ve got to show me that you’ve got drive and you want to do well,” he said.

“They’ve made my job more difficult on Saturday for me to pick a team from. It’s what I wanted - I want that bit of a challenge. They’ve done well and I’m proud of them.”

Meanwhile, Fildes made Tom Bradley his first signing at the club after capturing the 25-year-old from Padiham. The left back, who spent more than a decade with the Clarets, will go straight in to the squad for the weekend fixture.

Bradley, who won two promotions during his time with the Storks as they jumped up to the Evo-Stik First Division North, and was also voted Player of the Year by his team-mates at the Arbories, has since been joined by Colne FC pair Alex Grice and Stevie Cassidy.

l Fans will get to see Fildes take charge of his first game on home soil on Tuesday when Squires Gate are the visitors to Lomeshaye Way (kick off 7-45 p.m.).