New era gets under way at FC Bolsover

New FC Bolsover manager Matt Chatfield (right) and his assistant, Jake Henry.
New FC Bolsover manager Matt Chatfield (right) and his assistant, Jake Henry.

Pre-season training is in full swing at FC Bolsover as the club prepares for its second season in the Northern Counties East League under a new management team after a major restructuring.

Manager Matt Chatfield, 25, possibly the youngest manager ever in the league, said he could not wait for the season to start as the club embarked on an ambitous plan for the future.

Chatfield, who has worked in the academies at Scunthorpe United and Rotherham United, and also been involved at Chesterfield, said: “I can’t wait to get started.

“When Ben (Thomas, chairman) and the committee offered me the position, I instantly accepted because this is the right fit for me .”

The manager will be assisted by Jake Henry, who has coached at Nottingham Forest and also worked for the FA at St George’s Park.

Chatfield, former first-team coach at Evostike side Frickley, said he wanted to be part of FC Bolsover’s journey on its five-year vision for the future.

The club currently shares its home with Shirebrook Town but Michael Bohan, who stepped away from his assistant managerial role to become vice-chairman, said they wanted to build the club.

“In my short time at the club I can see the potential going forward,” he said.

“I am really excited to be coming in at this time, developing a football club not just a team, and hopefully creating a lasting legacy.”

Chairman Ben Thomas added: “Matt is a breath of fresh air.

“He is a very young manager, but has experience in his locker.

“Matt is a Chesterfield lad with links to the local young talent.

“He fitted well into our vision for the club.”