Blue Square Bet
Published 23rd June 2012
....Town number two Micky Moore as the new assistant-manager to boss Kevin Wilkin.
Moore replaces Ken Gillard, who left to join Crystal Palace's youth set-up after helping Wilkin guide Boro to three promotions in four seasons.
He said: "I have known Kevin since he was Roger Ashby's assistant and since then we have spoken at least once a fortnight. Mansfield offered me a new one-year contract to stay as Paul Cox's assistant, but as I was on a twelve-month sabbatical from my lecturing job at Solihull College, I decided to turn it down and return to that post.
"Kevin knew I was considering the offer and called me this week to see if I was going to be staying with Mansfield. When I said I was not he suggested meeting up to talk about me becoming his assistant. Kevin has tried to get me on board at Boro a few times, but this time it has worked out.
"I know that I have some very big boots to fill taking over from Ken. He did a superb job and fully deserves his move into full-time coaching at Palace."
Moore played as a centre forward for Derby County and Swansea City before moving into non-League football and gaining his UEFA A coaching licence.
He joined Wilkin's backroom staff at the Triton Showers Community Arena two seasons ago, but left before a training session was held to take up the post of assistant-manager at Solihull Moors, before stepping up to manager halfway through the season.
As well as his tenure at Solihull Moors, he has managed Stratford Town and had a stint as assistant-manager at Redditch United.
After helping guide Solihull Moors to a four-month long unbeaten run which saw his side finish just behind Boro - and just outside the play offs - in 2010/11, he joined Paul Cox at Field Mill for the 2011/12 season with Mansfield.
Mansfield finished third, breaking all kinds of records along the way. "I had a great time at Mansfield and I want to thank everyone there for the season we shared. Now I am looking forward to working with everyone at Nuneaton, the chairman, the players and the fans."
As well as a brilliant record as an assistant-manager and coach, Moore also brings with him a great knowledge of non-League football, and valuable experience of the Conference Premier.
"It is a very tough division, at least 70% of the teams are full-time and the standard is really high.
"There are sides in this division with great histories and who attract big crowds. You only need to look at how well sides do after they win promotion to the Football League to see how high the standard is in the Conference Premier."
Moore is looking forward to the sizeable challenge facing Boro in their first season in the Blue Square Bet Premier. "I watched Boro a few times last season, and I know many of the players from down the years. Kev has done a great job of building a side which has mainly stayed together over the years and I am really looking forward to working with all the players."
Wilkin said: "I have tried to bring Micky in on previous occasions and this time everything has fallen in place and hopefully it will be to our benefit.
"He is very organised and meticulous and hopefully he will prove to be a very good signing. He has experience of being in the Conference, which will stand us in great stead."