NonLeagueReview receives exclusive confirmation of Atherton Collieries new manager.
Atherton Collieries have moved quick to replace departing manager Steve Pilling, with the controversial appointment of former Atherton Laburnum Rovers manager Michael Clegg. Clegg who quit LR just yesterday to take up the post says “I’m really proud to be the man that Atherton Collieries think can take the club forward. I have found a club that matches my ambition and I am looking forward to the challenge that awaits.”
“I’m really grateful to Atherton Laburnum Rovers for giving me a chance at this level. I leave some good players and friends behind and I owe them a lot.”
An official announcement just made on the Colls website reads.
Atherton Collieries are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Clegg as first team manager.
Clegg – who spent last season as manager at neighbours Atherton Laburnum Rovers – replaces Steve Pilling who left the club by mutual consent last week.
We look forward to working with Michael as we try to gain promotion in what will be yet another competitive campaign in NWCFL Division 1.
Pilling left Colls by mutual consent after almost 5 years in charge, league finishes of 6th, 5th, 4th, 4th and 5th were recorded but the objective aim of promotion to the NWCFL Premier Division never materialised.
Clegg comes with good local knowledge, he was manager at Pennington FC in 2012/2013. LR in 2013/2014 and now takes over at Colls. He has strong connections within the Atherton area, with the majority of his LR squad last season living within 2 miles of the ground. Wether he intends to take any of last season’s LR squad to Alder House with him remains to be seen. I’m sure this news though will add extra spice to next season’s Flat Cap Derby.
For the official Atherton Collieries statement see website: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/athertoncollieries/