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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Bolsover widen managerial search
9th May, 2018
FC Bolsover have announced that they are expanding their search to find out who will be in charge of the Toolstation NCEL Division One side for the 2018/19 season.
The Langwith Road tenants were assured of their place in Step 6 football for next year at the end of April, finishing one point above the relegation zone.
Current manager Adam Valente will be reapplying for the position but, at the club's end of season review, it was agreed that candidates from outside of the club will also be able to throw their hat into the ring.
A statement by the club on their website said: "Adam Valente's position was always going to be reviewed at the end of the season.
"He came into the club 'apprehensively' risking his managerial reputation in its early stages. Adam agreed to step in until the end of the campaign and do the very best he could.
"Adam took the reins at the end of November and was soon left without a squad to choose from. With great determination, he got bodies on the field and picked up just enough vital wins which helped us beat the drop.
"The club owe great thanks for Adam taking the job in the middle of winter and not just helping us see the season off but helping us to survive.
"However, this may not be the end for Adam and Bolsover.
"Adam is going to reapply for the position with the idea of a clean slate and a full pre-season under his belt which the club have welcomed.
"Bolsover want to be absolutely sure they find the best person for the job to avoid another turbulent season that this has been, whether that is Adam or somebody else.
"We will be speaking with Adam along with the rest of the other candidates as early as possible, so a decision is made before pre-season commences."
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Former Bolsover boss back at club
21st February, 2018
The former manager of Toolstation NCEL Division One club FC Bolsover Andy Bridgewater has returned to become its head of development of football.
He stepped down from the role in October but, after meeting with club chairman Ben Thomas, he has agreed to offer his services to the Langwith Road side and has joined its committee.
FC Bolsover are currently nineteenth in Division One, five points away from the bottom two, and picked up what was a vital 1-0 home win on Saturday over another side battling hard to avoid relegation, Brigg Town.
A statement on the club's website said: "Andy wanted to come in and help his hometown club do all they can to survive the drop.
"The club is dear to his heart and he has made his intentions clear to Bolsover."
His role will involve helping with sponsorship, marketing and the general running of the club and he will liaise with management duo Adam Velente and Michael Bohan on a weekly basis.
The statement continued: "The response has been great from everyone involved with the club. Adam and Michael have welcomed his support. Everyone wants to genuinely do well and turn things around for Bolsover. Everyone is in it for the right reasons.
"The players have been fantastic! Turning up week in week out since the club went into a disastrous period. The club went through some dark days recently, Campion away [with an 11-1 defeat] being the worst!
"But, after a positive result last Saturday and with Andy joining the club, Bolsover hope to have more better days than worse until the end of the season."
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Ledger and Valente take charge at Bolsover
24th November, 2017
FC Bolsover have announced that Dean Ledger and Adam Valente will be joint managers of the Toolstation NCEL Division One side for the rest of the 2017/18 season.
Ledger had been in temporary charge since previous boss Andy Bridgewater stepped down in mid-October whilst Valente had most recently been in the NCEL as a goalkeeper at Worksop Town and Retford United.
Chairman Benjamin Thomas told the club's website: "After talking with several potential candidates, Dean and Adam's commitment and dedication led the board to this decision.
"Dean knows the club and the nucleus of players very well having been a part of the back-room staff previously. Dean knows what needs to be corrected and is working tremendously hard to bring back success to Bolsover.
"Adam is a well-known character within the NCEL. His charisma and eagerness impressed us all and, above all, he wanted to come in and work with the bunch we have.
"He has a following of players that he can potentially call to. However, he wants to give the lads an honest chance to show their worth."
Ledger added: "I am very happy to have landed this role. Our season starts from now.
"The lads can turn this around with us altogether as one! I want to build and build.
"We all know what we need to do and thatís remain an NCEL side next season. I believe that me and Adam can put us on the correct track again and start putting results on the board."
Valente agreed, saying: "Likewise, I am itching to get going and to start working alongside Dean.
"We both share the same ideas which was such a big factor when we met for the first time.
"I believe in the vision the board explained to me and I knew that this was the place for me to lay the foundations down in my managerial career.
"I am hoping that my experience in football will help us climb the table.
"It was great meeting the lads this week! I am looking forward to being a part of FC Bolsover which has so much potential."
Simon Dye remains part of the coaching set-up, looking after the goalkeepers, whilst Josh Thomas returns to playing having been helping out through the interim period.
Jonney Rushby, who had been assistant boss under Bridgewater, has left the club who have wished him all the best in the future.
The new management team will be in charge of Saturday's crucial home clash with fellow bottom-four side Nostell Miners Welfare.
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Points deduction for FC Bolsover
12th November, 2017
FC Bolsover have been deducted six points for fielding a suspended player during two Toolstation NCEL Division One matches towards the start of the season.
The two games involved were the 2-0 home victory against Winterton Rangers on Wednesday 23rd August, 2017, and the 5-0 win over Swallownest at Langwith Road three days later.
In accordance with League Rule 6.9, the club will be deducted the points accrued in those two matches and fined £50.
With the period of appeal now over, the points deduction will take place with immediate effect.
Bridgewater resigns as Bolsover boss
10th October, 2017
FC Bolsover have revealed that manager Andy Bridgewater has stepped down after feeling that his position had become "untenable with certain factions within the club."
He resigned after last Tuesday's Derbyshire Senior Cup First Round defeat against landlords Shirebrook Town where Bolsover led with two minutes remaining but ended up losing 2-1.
The club have announced Bridgewater's departure "with great sadness", adding: "He felt that he couldnít move forward at this point in time with Bolsover and, for the best interests of the club, decided to walk away.
"We would like to go on record and thank Andy for picking up the club with no team in place during pre-season and giving us a fantastic start to our NCEL campaign - his efforts have been tremendous and everything he did was for the club and the players.
"Andy is always welcome here at Bolsover and Iím sure we will see his face at the games again supporting his home town team. We all wish Andy the very best going forward and we know he will reciprocate that."
Dean Ledger has stepped up from assistant manager to become interim boss, Josh Thomas and Jonney Rushby will assist whilst Simon Dye stays on as player-coach.
The club statement continued: "After some positive conversations, the board feel that Dean will continue Andy's good work for the clubís immediate future.
"Dean took the team to Knaresborough Town [on Saturday] where we were beaten 4-0. However, since his appointment [on Monday], the hard work starts from now.
"We will look to get a reaction against Retford United this Saturday."
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