Evo-Stik League Southern Club Northwood have announced that Simon Lane will be starting as Club Manager with immediate effect.

Simon 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.

Simon 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 now held a UEFA “A” licence since 1998 when he was also club coach at Leighton Town.  

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 in 2003. After a successful spell as Windsor & Eton boss, Simon then spent three years as first-team coach at Conference South Maidenhead United alongside Johnson Hippolyte.  

In 2015 Simon was appointed as Manager and Director of Football at Wingate & Finchley in the Ryman Premier and was enjoying considerable success when departing the Summers Lane outfit in January 2016.  

After accepting the offer to link up and take charge here at Northwood, Simon 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.”

Source: Northwood FC

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