Alfreton Town have confirmed that manager Russ O’Neill has left the club with immediate effect.

Chairman Wayne Bradley has confirmed a replacement for Russ O’Neill will be announced in due course.

The parting was an amicable one and Russ leaves the Reds with the best wishes of Chairman Bradley and all at Alfreton Town.

A totally trusted and highly valued assistant to manager Nicky Law, O’Neill is held in very high esteem and completed his tenth campaign with the Reds, he took over from the departing Nicky Law in February and guided them to a 18th place finish in the National League North.

Russ has an infectious enthusiasm for the game and a hugely expansive knowledge of the non-league scene at all levels. He arrived at the Impact Arena along with Nicky Law in May 2007, having part of the successful management team at Buxton FC for two seasons.

As a midfield player, he began under Howard Kendall at Everton, where he spent four years, before having trials at Sheffield United and Leeds United. A knee injury ended his professional aspirations and after a short spell with Sheffield FC, he turned to management in Sunday League football. He was asked by Nicky Law, to join him at Buxton FC and then on to Alfreton where his vast array of contacts in the non-league game have come to the fore, with him being responsible for several signings since he joined the club.

Russ was an influential assistant alongside Nicky Law and witnessed relegation from the Conference Premier on the final day of the 2014/15 season. He worked with Nicky to keep the club at the top table of non-league football for four seasons after winning the Conference North title in 2010/11. The richly-deserved title success followed two successive third place finishes in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons, with the Reds reaching the play-offs on both occasions, narrowly losing 2-1 to Fleetwood Town in the 2010 final.


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