Bolsover announce new boss and club restructuring
7th June, 2018
Toolstation NCEL Division One side FC Bolsover have appointed Matt Chatfield as their new manager after a long process over the last month whilst there has also been a restructure of the club from top to bottom.
The Langwith Road-based outfit are preparing for their second season in the NCEL and are hoping to improve on the twentieth position they secured in their inaugural campaign.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, chairman Benjamin Thomas said: "First of all, thank you to all the applicants who showed interest and gave up your time to apply and interview. It was an extensive search but we feel we got the right guy to take us forward.
"I am delighted to have Matt on board. He is a breath of fresh air. We spent three to four weeks on making sure the right decision was made.
"It's an odd one really, Matt is a very young manager at 25 but has the experience of the beautiful game in his locker. Matt is a Chesterfield lad with links to the local young talent around which is something we took in to high consideration.
"He interviewed very well and gave us some 'out of the box' answers when pressed! Matt fitted well into our vision for the club and we fitted well for him.
"I am looking forward to seeing how Matt propels himself at Bolsover. His professionalism shines through and it is clear that he demands 100% from everyone around him.
"I am looking forward to working with Matt and his team. Matt's plans already in place have already excited everyone involved."
Chatfield has a long CV of helping young players develop having been a coach at Scunthorpe United and Rotherham United in their academy set-ups, been involved with Chesterfield in the past and is chairman of local side Espial.
He recently also had a spell at Evo-Stik League outfit Frickley Athletic as first team coach.
Chatfield said: "Iím delighted to become the manager of FC Bolsover and I canít wait to get started and meeting the lads in pre-season.
"When Ben and the committee offered me the position, I instantly accepted because I believe this is the right fit for me and their vision of where they want to take the club in the next five years and I canít wait to be a part of the journey."
Assisting Chatfield will be Jake Henry, a fully qualified UEFA A licensed coach who has worked and coached at Nottingham Forest and the New York Red Bulls. He has also worked for the FA at St George's Park.
Adam Valente, who was Chatfield's predecessor, has agreed to stop on with the club as one of two first-team coaches alongside Tony Wigfull who has worked at professional clubs such as Chesterfield, Rotherham United and Sheffield United whilst having vast non-league experience from his time at Runcorn Town, Nuneaton Borough, Sheffield, Maltby Main and Worksop Town.
Karl Millward will be coming on board as goalkeeping coach with Josh Chatfield and Joel Searson also joining the backroom staff.
There has also been movement behind the scenes with Michael Bohan stepping away from his assistant managerial role last season into the role of vice chairman, having dealt with a lot of off-the-field matters already in his time with the club.
He said: "I am really proud to be able to come on board as vice chairman alongside Ben.
"In my short time at the club I can really see the potential going forwards. I had a great time last year working with Adam but to put my two main passions in life, football and business, together is a dream come true.
"I am really excited to be coming in at this time, developing a football club not just a team, but hopefully creating a lasting legacy."
Christie O'Connor will stay on as treasurer whilst Jake Wignall will continue as club secretary, Richard Copestake will take up the role of general manager for the upcoming season and there are two new members in David Whittaker and Mel Woolven.
Whittaker, who is the physical education lead in a local school and used to be sports development officer on Bolsover District Council, was part of the former Bolsover Town first team before they folded some years ago and he is coming on board as welfare officer to help forge the link from youth football to the senior game.
Woolven is really keen on promoting women's football in the area and is going to help put steps in place ready for Bolsover to have its own women's team when the opportunity arises.
The announcement from the club concluded: "There are a lot of positive things happening moving forward.
"All in all, Bolsover are wanting to do better on and off the field than last year and steps have been put in place to achieve this."
(Photo: New FC Bolsover manager Matt Chatfield (right) alongside his assistant Jake Henry. Credit: FC Bolsover)
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