Fildes takes over the reins at Victoria Park

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

Nelson Football Club has appointed former Blues striker Paul Fildes as Mark Fell’s successor at Victoria Park.

The 34-year-old, who managed Barnoldswick Town alongside Kevin Richardson a couple of seasons ago, follows in the footsteps of dad, Terry, who had two spells at the helm at Little Wembley.

And Admirals chief executive Adam Keizer feels that Fildes is the perfect fit for the club. “He’s the right man for the job,” he told the club’s website.

“We were looking for an ambitious local manager with good knowledge of the North West Counties and non league football and someone who can buy into the culture and philosophy of the football club.

“Having played for us Fildesy knows the club inside out and he beat some excellent candidates for the job. We were impressed with his vision for moving the club forwards, his enthusiasm and he’s clearly very popular with everyone at the club, from the players to the chairman to the supporters.

“We’re delighted to have him here as manager, he’s got good links to local players and he’s someone we feel can help develop and get the best out of the young talent we have in the squad, as well as the ability to attract quality local players to the club.

“We’re very excited about working with him and we will be working hard to ensure he has the resources to build an exciting team that can move the club forward.”

Fildes faces a baptism of fire in his first game in charge as third place Runcorn Linnets provide the opposition in Lomeshaye Way tomorrow (kick off 3 p.m.).

Nelson, 12th in the table, have won just one league game in six outings.