Martin Carruthers has taken over as Ilkeston Town head coach, with owner Mark Clifford stepping aside from his managerial role to become head of football.

The two worked together successfully at Basford United, with former Birmingham City and Stoke striker Carruthers presiding over five promotions. He now joins Ilkeston from Quorn AFC.

Clifford explained of the restructure: “Martin has always been a key person I was going to bring to the club when the time was right, and this initially was going to be at the end of the season. With becoming the owner of the club, I felt the time was right now, but I want fans to be assured that I am not jumping ship, moving away or ‘sacking myself’ for that matter.

“I am simply doing what I feel is best now and what will be a pivotal time for the club. I will remain a large part of the team and I won’t be far away from the dugout on match days.

“I’ll be there, in the stands with the ability to communicate with Martin, providing my input where needed. Martin and I have worked extremely well together in the past, and I believe with his football knowledge and contacts, in addition to mine, we will grow this team and push for that promotion we all so badly want to achieve.”