Following Ian Cotton’s resignation, Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division club Clipstone FC have announced the appointment of Jamie Hardwick, who takes over as the new Cobras manager with immediate effect, having agreed his new role alongside with his current position with SkyBet League Two side Mansfield Town.
Hardwick brings with him very strong credentials within the game as a UEFA A qualified coach, running a successful 16-18 academy at Mansfield Town as the performance Group Lead, and as a successful player at senior levels of football. Jamie is a former professional footballer having signed terms at Boston United before is career was cruelly cut short due to injury at the age of 23.
He is also a former Nottinghamshire football coach of the year.
Under Hardwick’s leadership, Mansfield have been consecutive league winners with the development squad for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and he has also led successful academies at other clubs during his long career in football.
Speaking on behalf of the club’s committee, Andy Sumner said: “We are absolutely delighted to appoint Jamie. He has a fantastic reputation and vast experience in football. He understands the ethos of our club and is a very successful qualified coach. The club has been a big part of his life having played for us as part of a very successful playing career and he also lives locally. He has set up and worked at academies, identifying and developing local talent that has moved onto to be very successful in the game.
“He has a vision of success, knows what is required by the supporters and we will assist him as much as we can. The last year has been very challenging for the club but we are now well set up to ensure that the club can keep driving its values of being closely linked with the community, future talent and competing at the highest level we can in a sustainable way. Over the past year we have also continued to build great relationships with the Colts teams and Jamie, having been a former Chairman of the Colts, will be a key link.”
Hardwick said: “A lot of supporters and existing players already know me and those who don’t will soon realise that I am loyal, hard-working, have a passion for success and developing players and playing football in the right way. The club has been a big part of my life in the past and I’m looking forward to being back at the club.”
Hardwick will be supported on his role by his backroom staff of Simon Ward (who is UEFA A qualified) and Alan Widdowson (who is also qualified at UEFA B level) and both bring significant experience to the team.
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