Central Midlands League sides begin search for new managers

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CENTRAL Midlands League football clubs Glapwell, Ollerton Town, Blidworth Welfare and Clipstone Welfare have changes in their managerial hot seats.

Ahead of their first season back in the CML, Glapwell have announced the appointments of Keith Easom and Graham Charlesworth as joint managers.

Don Gethfield has quit Ollerton and the club are now seeking a new manager as are Blidworth following Brett Marshall’s departure, while Clipstone have filled their vacancy with former Mansfield Town star Gary Castledine.

At Glapwell, Easom and Charles have been involved in local football for many years, both as players and managers and have previous experience of this division.

Charlesworth will be best known for leading Shirebrook Town from the Central Midlands up into the NCEL Premier Division in the space of three seasons.

Easom was also involved with Shirebrook at the same time as manager of both the Reserves and A sides.

After their departures from Shirebrook in 2007, Easom went on to manage Blidworth Welfare where he guided them to a respectable 14th place finish in the Supreme Division, and 17th place the following season, while Charlesworth did some scouting for both Glapwell and Rainworth Miners Welfare.

However, they teamed up again at the start of last season when they took charge at Central Midlands Supreme Division side Church Warsop S&S.

At Ollerton, Gethfield has resigned after a poor Supreme Division season.

The former Coventry City defender called time after a seven year stint at the helm of the Walesby Lane outfit after leading the club to the League Cup and Notts Senior Cup finals as well as the CML Premier Division title in 2007/08.

General manager Adge Owen said: “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Don, but he has decided it is time to move on from Ollerton Town and give someone else the opportunity to take the club to the next level.”

Marshall, who joined at the start of the season, guided Blidworth to runners-up in the Supreme Division along with getting to the semi-final of the Floodlit Cup and the FA Vase first round proper.

Marshall, who has left to join North East Counties Premier outfit Retford United, said: “ Its sad to leave Blidworth as we’ve had a terrific season but the post was to good to turn down.

“The chance to manage at step five in the football pyramid will be a challenge, but a challenge I’m prepared to take.

At Clipstone Castledine is welcoming players old and new to pre-season training at the Lido ground from 16th June (6.30pm).

Clipstone are also looking for a new manager for their reserve team.

The team plays in the Central Midlands Reserves Supreme Division and anyone interested should contact Les Graham on 07929 882093 or Barry Clarke on barryclarke40@yahoo.com.