Northwood chairman Ian Barry has announced that the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club have appointed Simon Lane as its new manager with immediate effect.
Barry said: “The response to our advertisement for our new manager was genuinely overwhelming. Following interviews, I’m delighted to announce that Simon is joining the club, and he brings with him a wealth of experience of football at a higher level than ours in recent times and we all look forward to working with him. Please give Simon your support, like you did with Mark Burgess, as we take this great club into a new and hopefully successful era.”
Lane is an experienced and highly qualified, innovative manager with a proven track record of achieving results with challenging budgets while playing detailed attention to the development of young players.
After injury curtailed a playing career with clubs such as Yeovil Town, Woking, Bath City, Hayes and Aylesbury United, he turned to coaching and has held the UEFA `A` licence since 1998, when he was also club coach at Leighton Town.
Happy to join my local club. Now the task of finding a young team putting their own progression + learning above £s https://t.co/pDzX1BscDe
— Simon Lane (@lane850) May 19, 2017
He became the youngest head coach in European football when given the opportunity to take charge of Maltese side Naxxar Lions and then had his first non-League managerial role with Berkhamsted Town in 2003.
After a successful spell as Windsor & Eton boss, Lane then spent three years as first-team coach at Conference (National League) South Maidenhead United alongside Johnson Hippolyte.
In 2015 Lane was appointed as manager and director of football at Wingate & Finchley in the Ryman Premier and enjoyed considerable success before departing the Summers Lane outfit in January 2016.
After accepting the offer to link up and take charge at Northwood, Lane enthused: “I am delighted to be joining my local club Northwood and take on the challenge of rebuilding the club’s fortunes on the pitch. This is one of the few clubs that I would have dropped into this league for and the pull of managing a club in my own community, working with the excellent people here, was too much to resist.
“I am under no illusions of the size of the task but I’ll be calling on my experience of working with extremely challenging economics, relying on good coaching to improve the club in a progressive way, over time. I am an ambitious person by nature and the club has some good plans for the future. I hope that all those traditional Northwood fans that have maybe drifted away in the past can come back this season and see some football that they can enjoy and get behind”.