Change at Dronfield Town Helm

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Toolstation Northern Counties East League First Division club Dronfield Town have parted company with manager Craig Butler and coach Jon Gray, but have moved swiftly to replace them.

A statement from the club said: “The club would like to put on record its sincere thanks to Craig and Jon for their service and commitment to the club.

“In particular to Craig, who has been at the helm for approaching ten years, steering the club to promotion from the Midland Alliance through the Central Midlands League and into the Northern Counties East League.

“His work on and off the field has played a very major part in the club’s rise through the leagues, and the club owe a great deal of gratitude for his work and enthusiasm over the years.”

Dronfield were quick to announce the appointment of Chris Millington as manager.

Millington was assistant-manager to Butler when the club were promoted to the NCEL in 2013/14, before taking the helm at Clipstone and managing them to the NCEL Division One championship in 2014/15.

Accompanying Millington will be Nick Siddons as assistant-manager.

They will take charge of the home game against Brigg Town tomorrow assisted by reserve team manager Adam Brown and under-21 manager Craig Wilson.

On his appointment, Millington said: “It’s an honour to be offered the job of my home-town club, a club that has been close to my heart for many years. It is with excitement that I start this role with a real focus on how we can develop the good young group of players that we currently have at the club. We will also be setting achievable targets to make sure that the club is moving forward on the pitch.

“I would like to thank Craig for the success he has brought to the club during his time as manager. Our first game in charge will be Tuesday night at home to Brigg where we will be looking to get off to a good start”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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