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McNeil and Ellender take charge of Poachers
6th May, 2020
Bottesford Town have looked inwardly to announce the appointment of Jimmy McNeil as manager of their first team squad, and he will be assisted by experienced player-coach Paul Ellender.
Both McNeil and Ellender came through the Scunthorpe United YTS route and were offered and completed a year's professional contract before being released following a change in United's first team management.
McNeil's football continued at Northern Premier League level, playing for Brigg Town and Goole Town for four years, before an injury and work commitments led him to local football.
Ellender's football saw him move to Gainsborough Trinity followed by spells at Altrincham and Scarborough before moving on to Boston United where he captained them on to the Conference league title and promotion to the Football League in 2001/02. This was followed by spells at Chester City, Alfreton Town, Retford United and North Ferriby.
A statement released by the Poachers said: "Both have worked together at Bottesford in managing and coaching successful youth football teams for a number of years.
"And, as a result of both their enthusiasm and others within the club, an application has been made to the Lincolnshire Football League to enter a Development Squad into their Competition next season to both provide an outlet for youth football whilst closing the gap between youth and first team football within the club.
"In making this decision, the club's committee had decided that a 'fresh approach' would be required if they were to achieve one of their Development Plan initiatives of developing players in-house for their first team.
"The club would once again place on record their thanks to previous manager John Corbett and his assistant Leigh Herrick for their services to the club over the previous eight years and wish them both well in their new pursuits at local neighbours Gainsborough Trinity."