After six successful seasons at the Club, four of those seasons as the first team manager, Irlam manager Steve Nixon has taken the decision to step away from first team duties.
Steve has overseen a stellar period for the Club on the pitch, nurturing many young players from the surrounding areas and moulding them into a team that won promotion to the Premier Division last season and finished this season in 8th position in the Club’s first season at that level.
Steve will, however, remain an important part of the Club’s backroom staff, focussing on the off the pitch strategy as Irlam FC continue to grow as a Club.
Club Secretary Warren Dodd paid tribute to Steve’s work at the club.
“All the clubs competing at our level and having success can usually point to one or two people that have taken their Club to the next level.
“We are lucky at Irlam FC because I can point to five or six, but Steve has been the real catalyst for change. His phenomenal commitment to the cause, and his 24/7 approach to the job marks him out as the special one.
“I can only place on record our thanks to Steve for his achievements on and off the pitch for the Club, and am delighted that he is still a part of the staff at our great Club”.
Steve Nixon said:
“After 6 years with the club, 4 seasons as the first team manager, I’ve taken the decision to take a back seat and concentrate on the first team’s commercial activities, along with my Assistant Chris Boardman.
“Looking back, the 6 years have been fantastic, initially starting with the Under 18’s, then progressing to manage the Reserves, and eventually taking over the first team role in February 2013.
“My aim was to gain promotion to the NWCFL Premier Division within three seasons. Thankfully we did it last year and have acquitted ourselves very well in our first Prem campaign.
“I intend to enjoy watching the player’s progress and support the club and the management team whenever needed. Ultimately after 16 years managing sides from junior to open age and hitting the big 50 a couple of months ago, I want to change my routine and take on other opportunities and enjoy the free-time.
“Warren Dodd and the committee have been fully supportive over the past four seasons, always being positive even when things weren’t going our way.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee, coaches, players and supporters who have worked towards our new status as a Premier division club. I can only imagine the team will continue to progress and hopefully will become an Evo-Stik League team in the next few seasons.
“The club and the three sides are in safe hands, I don’t envisage the Management team changing very much.
“No doubt, I will miss the match day involvement, but I’m looking forward to watching from the stands and supporting the players”.