Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Julian Watts eager to get started at Rainworth MW

Julian Watts
Julian Watts

New Rainworth MW manager Julian Watts says he and assistant Ady Smith can’t wait to get their teeth into their job after accepting the post this week.

And he promises to put smiles back on the faces of the Kirklington Road faithful following their drop from the Evo-Stik League.

The duo quit as managers at Shirebrook Town earlier this week after failing to receive assurances from the Northern Counties East League Division One side as to their future despite having taken over a club that had taken six points from their first six games and lifted them to a fourth place finish. And both will be returning to Kirklington Road for their second stint with the Wrens, after Smith, assisted towards the end of the 2013-14 season by Watts, lead the reserve side to their league title, this before the side was axed by the club as an economy measure.

Rainworth were informed late yesterday by the FA National Leagues Committee that they had been placed in the NCEL Premier Division, subject to the expected formality of ratification at the league’s forthcoming annual meeting.

Chairman Les Lee said the new managers are the right people to take the club forward at the new level after withdrawing from the Evo-Stik League.

Watts added: “We’re looking forward to getting our teeth into the job, and we have already started work. Our aim is first of all to steady the ship and restore some stability to the club after a difficult year in the Evo-Stik League. We will be talking to last season’s squad to ascertain who wants to stay on and join us, and we will bring in other players who we feel will be good enough.

“I am by nature a winner, so we will be competitive even against the five or six big-budget clubs in the division, and will be looking to finish well up the league.

“Moving to Rainworth took no second thoughts. We know from our previous stint here that it is a great set up, and in my shorter time here than Ady we got to know the people who run the club. Everyone speaks well of Rainworth despite their recent problems and supports their difficult decision to step down in order to remain financially sustainable. It’s a lovely ground, a great surface, and ideal for the brand of good football we like to play.

“So we promise the fans a squad which will entertain them with excellent football, we want to put some smiles back on faces, and we hope that the people of the village will start supporting us again in growing numbers. If they do, they won’t be disappointed.”