NON-LEAGUE: Wilson named as new Stamford manager

New Stamford manager Andrew Wilson.
New Stamford manager Andrew Wilson.
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Stamford have wasted no time in appointing a new manager following the departure of David Staff on Tuesday (September 22).

Highly-rated Andrew Wilson, who has built a notable footballing cv after successful spells with Harborough Town, Histon and Corby Town, was this morning (September 24) named as the new boss.

His appointment takes effect immediately and he will be working with the squad ahead of Sunday’s crucial FA Cup tie at Coleshill.

The message he sends to everyone at the club is crystal clear.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be here. Now that I am, my task is to take us further in the cup while also preparing for the Northern Premier League challenges which lie ahead.

“Having worked with several of the players at different clubs, and watched others play, I know there are some talented individuals here and I will be talking to them all very quickly. It’s a fresh start. There will no doubt be comings and goings. That is inevitable if we want to build for the future. Where decisions need making, I will make them.”

He continued: “For instance we can score goals, no doubt, but we can’t go on giving them away as we have. That has to be addressed.”

Wilson’s numerous contacts within, and expansive knowledge of the footballing market, will no doubt help him enormously as he looks to take the club forward.

The 39-year-old, who was a centre midfielder with Southern League Premier Division Corby in his playing days, promises the fans that he is looking forward to interacting with them - and that he wants to play a brand of entertaining football which will meet with their approval.

“But,” he warns, “If results need grinding out, that’s what we’ll do.

“We need the ability to play in numerous ways. That can be influenced by conditions, by the time of year and, of course, by the sort of teams we play. Obviously, we aren’t going to get it right every time but we’ll improve as we go along.”

Wilson’s knowledge of players is also supplemented by a commitment to youth. He has coached full time at Leicester Academy, while working his way to the prestigious EUFA A licence.

He is desperately keen to help with youth development at Stamford and that includes making room for youngsters on the bench.

Wilson began his management career in his home town of Market Harborough where he was involved with the UCL club for eight years. He managed them to three promotions in five years, also involving himself with obtaining a great deal of sponsorship to help improve facilities.

Harborough Town are now an established Premier Division club.

Wilson joined Histon Town as assistant manager in 2012 when they were sitting second bottom of Conference North. They eventually stayed up on the final day, preserving their status with a threadbare budget and a squad which had an average age of 19.

Following that, he became joint manager of Corby Town with Tommy Wright, the pair dragging the Steelmen away from second bottom to finish seventh just outside the play-off positions.

When the club budget collapsed - at the time Paul Malone came to Stamford - Wilson left and has, in the short term, scouted for Barrow of Conference North and has been fulfilling a similar role with Championship club Reading’s first team.

Wilson is well versed in management pressure, working as national field sales manager with Bedford-based Charles Wells Brewery.

He is married to Allie and they have a 16-month-old daughter, Minnie.

Wilson concluded: “I really am thrilled to be here. This is a great club which has given me a great opportunity. I relish the future.”