Bootle Lose Number Two

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Bootle have announced that first-team assistant-manager Richie Boswarva has resigned from his position at the Hallmark Security League Premier Division club.

Boswarva has been an integral part of the club’s coaching team for the last six years, having originally joined the club as youth team manager back in 2011. Here, he guided his side to the double at under-16 level, before going one better and winning the treble at under-18 level.

He then stepped up to the post of reserve team manager, before becoming first-team assistant-manager when current boss Joe Doran was handed the managerial reigns in December 2013.

As well as helping the club grow both on and off the pitch, Boswarva has also played a key role in the development of a number players who have made the step up from youth team football to the first-team.

Boswarva said: “I have spent six wonderful years at the club in my roles as Youth Team and Reserve Manager, and in my role with Joe for the past three years. During this period, I have watched the club develop and prosper – not only on the pitch but also commercially and by building a fan base that has been a joy to be part of.

“I look back with pride at the role I have played in this process and I have savoured every minute – not least last season. The team played a brand of football that I feel was the best in the league, scoring a record number of goals and accruing a record number of points for the club at this level. The player’s the club possesses and can attract is better than at any time I have been involved.

“The club is poised to blossom and promotion to the Northern Premier League is now more than a realistic proposition. I must be mad to stand down now when everything is in such pristine order but I feel at that this stage of my managerial and coaching career it is the right move for me.

“I wish Joe and Staffo all the luck in the world and sincerely hope that they can push the team to promotion this season. I would like to thank the Committee and respectfully acknowledge the late Frank Doran for the role he played in allowing me to become part of this fantastic club.

“I would like to thank all of the players I have worked with over the years and take special satisfaction in seeing many of the lads I worked with six years ago playing football at this level and above, not just at Bootle but at other teams as well.

“This will never be the end of my connection with Bootle FC – It will be a special part of me for ever. I have no plans for life after Bootle and envisage that I will spend many a Saturday afternoon following the team in its quest for success.”

Also, departing the club is first-team coach James Walsh, who has decided to take on a role at Litherland Remyca for the forthcoming season.

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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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