NCEL Division One side have just announced their new manager for then 2018/19 season and see an old manager back in the management team.
“Bolsover have finally appointed Matt Chatfield (right) as their new manager after a long process over the last month and there has been a bit of a restructure from top to bottom. Here is what the chairman Benjamin Thomas had to say;
“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 3 to 4 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. Matts plans already in place have already excited everyone involved.”
Matt has been a coach at Scunthorpe United and Rotherham united in their academy setups and he has also been involved with Chesterfield FC in the past. These experiences have helped develop his skills as he has progressed. He is also the chairman of local Chesterfield side Espial FC where he has managed a whole set up from young players to coaches to his staff and committee. Espial has football for all ages from under 7’s up to under 19’s. Matt has been head coach for the under 19’s in the past. Helping develop youngsters and send them on their way into the pro game whilst picking up winner’s medals. Matt more recently had a spell up at EvoStik side Frickley where he was first team coach. Matt brings with him his trusted number two Jake Henry. Jake is a fully qualified UEFA A licensed coach. He has worked and coached at Nottingham Forest and the New York Red Bulls. He has also worked for the FA at St Georges Park.
Matt will also bring in with him Adam Valente who has agreed to stop on with the club after several conversations with Matt himself. Adam is looking forward to applying his focus in other specific areas where he can help the team thrive. Adam will be one of two first team coaches. The other coach to come in is the experienced Tony Wigfull. Tony has worked at pro clubs such as Chesterfield FC, Rotherham United and Sheffield united. Tony has vast experience in non-league football working with conference sides Runcorn Town FC and Nuneaton Borough FC. To working in the evostik with the likes of Sheffield FC. Most importantly he brings with him experience of the NCEL having worked at the likes of Maltby Main and Worksop Town. Matt will also bring in Josh Chatfield (brother) and Joel Searson to make up his backroom staff.
Here’s what Matt Chatfield had to say;
“I’m delighted to become the manager of FC Bolsover and I can’t wait to get started and meeting the lads in preseason. 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 5 years’ and I can’t wait to be a part of the journey”
Off the field there has been a reshuffle and some new additions.
Michael Bohan has stepped away from his assistant managerial role last season into the role of Vice Chairman and will work with Ben to help build the club. Michael was dealing with a lot of off the field matters whilst being assistant manager last season. He has had a great input already and he is excited in the great potential Bolsover have.
Here’s what Michael had to say;
“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 who has been fantastic in his commitment and organisation. Bolsover would also like to welcome two new members in David Whitakker and Mel Woolven both of Bolsover. David is the physical education lead in a local school and used to be sports development officer on the Bolsover council. He also used to be part of the former Bolsover Town FC first team before they folded some years ago. David is coming on board to help forge the link of youth football to adults football. He will act as our welfare officer for the club. David is also a coach himself holding his UEFA B badge and his Brazilian soccer school coaching badge (FDS). He worked alongside Simon Clifford for 10 years who was the founder of FDS in England. David would love to setup an u19’s in the future.
Mel is really keen on promoting women’s football in the area and is going to help in putting steps in place ready for when the opportunity arises for Bolsover to have its own women’s team.
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.