Alfreton Town have announced that manager Nicky Law is to join Premier League club Burnley as their Head of National Recruitment for the Under 17-23s at the start of February.
The move means that Law leaves the National League North club after ten years in charge, a tenure that has made him the longest serving manager in the club’s history.
His last game in charge of the club will be at Gainsborough Trinity on 4th February.
He joined the Reds in May 2007, after leaving Northern Premier League club Buxton to take the role.
Earlier in his managerial career he worked in the Football League with Chesterfield, Bradford City and Grimsby Town.
In his time at Alfreton he led them to the Conference North(now National League North) title in 2011 and last season they won the Derbyshire Senior Cup with a penalty shoot out win over Belper Town.
He also led the Reds to the “proper” rounds of the FA Cup on five occasions, reaching the Second Round on two occasions.
The club were relegated from the National League in 2015 and finished their first season back in non-league’s second tier in tenth position last season.
Tuesday night’s 2-0 away defeat at league leaders AFC Fylde left Alfreton in eighteenth position in the National League North, just two places and four points above the relegation zone.
The club also confirmed that First Team Coach Russ O’Neill to take over from Law, with his first game in charge likely to be the Derbyshire Senior Cup Semi-Final at Matlock Town on Tuesday 7th February.
Speaking to the club’s website about the move Law said “The offer came in and it was to start on February 1st but I’ve been allowed to stay with Alfreton until February 4th to allow a smooth transition. It’s been an extremely tough decision for me, this club means a heck of a lot and I’ve been through so much, the highs and the lows.”
“I’ve had such a great relationship with the Chairman who has been a great boss and a great friend to me outside football. I had a three hour conversation with Wayne explaining the situation and the offer from this club and in honesty I needed to think about the next 10 years and where I want to be. Being able to move to a club like Burnley and deal with recruitment and in turn develop young players was a great challenge for me and one I wanted to take on.”
“I go with a really heavy heart, it’s been so tough to even think of leaving Alfreton, it’s been nearly ten years, ten years in May and this club is a part of me and I will never forget everything I’ve achieved. They say all good things must come to an end and it’s one of those things.”
“I want to thank everyone, absolutely everyone at Alfreton, the Chairman, Russ, all the players past and present it’s been a pleasure to work with you all. I want to thank every one of our supporters, your effort, your passion and your love for this club is tremendous. Thank you for supporting me throughout my time here. Gainsborough is my last game and I wish everyone all the best.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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