Nelson need new boss as former managers link up

Former Nelson boss Paul Fildes.
Former Nelson boss Paul Fildes.
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Nelson are on the hunt for a new manager after Paul Fildes left the club to join Ramsbottom United.

Fildes will be linking up with Mark Fell, the man he replaced as Admirals boss, after the pair were appointed as joint managers of the Evo-Stik First Division North club.

The 35-year-old took over as manager of the Blues last November and guided the Victoria Park club to 16th in the North West Counties Premier Division last season.

He said: “The club have been great to me and I have loved every minute, it’s been a fantastic experience and one I will not forget.

“It’s a great club and I wish Nelson FC and all the people behind the scenes the best of luck in the future.”

Along with Fell, Nelson boss from October 2012 to October 2015, Fildes has been tasked with helping Ramsbottom bounce straight back to the Evo-Stik Premier Division after their relegation last season.

The former front man said: “I know Mark well and I am fully confident our styles with bring out the best in the players and fulfil the expectations of the chairman and committee and all the supporters at the club.

“These are exciting times for us both and we are really looking forward to the times ahead.”

Admirals chief executive Adam Keizer hopes to have compiled a shortlist of potential new managers by Sunday having already received plenty of interest to fill the vacant hot seat at Victoria Road.

Kezier said: “It’s never ideal to have to replace a manager but that’s football.

“Paul’s done a good job here last season and has decided to take the opportunity at Rammy, he’s left us with the best wishes from everyone at the club.

“I think it’s a good appointment for Rammy with Fildesy and Mark Fell as joint managers, on behalf of everyone at Nelson we wish them both the best of luck in their new roles.

“As like last time we know what we want in a manager, someone who knows this league, has good links to local players and is willing to give youth a chance.

“It’s a huge decision as to who we bring in now as the club is in a fantastic position to push on this year.

“We’ve got a good group of talented players and lots of exciting things happening at the club so we’ve got to make sure the next manager is someone who can get results and can fit the club’s philosophy.”