Arnold Town has this week unveiled their new management team to take over at the Eagle Valley helm following the departure of Dave Marlow.
Tom Richardson and assistant Chris Galley were both with Real United before being appointed by the Eagles following Marlow’s move to Eastwood CFC.
The Eagles finished comfortably in mid-table last season with Marlow as manager after a disappointing finish in the previous campaign.
Richardson and Galley have also brought with them former Doncaster Rovers player Tristram Whitman.
Whitman, a former Eagles player, signed for Doncaster from Arnold back in 2000 and now finds himself back with the Eagles in a player and coaching roll.
The new management duo are now relishing the forthcoming pre-season fixtures which will give them the opportunity to implement their own playing philosophy onto the team.
Manager Richardson said: “Myself and Chris have a certain philosophy that we plan to implement at Arnold. We enjoy getting the ball down and playing good, possession based football, but with a high tempo and with a purpose.
“There is no point in having the ball and controlling possession if you don’t do it with a purpose.
“Me and my backroom staff can’t wait to get going now and preparation is well underway.
“We are still looking to secure our targets and hope that they will complement the players remaining at the club from last year’s squad.”
He added: “Every player will be playing for their shirt; it is a clean slate for all players, new and old. Until players have signed on the dotted line for the club, I see no point in announcing them, as often many players will be training with a number of teams and keeping their options open.
“Hopefully the players that come to Arnold buy in to what we want to achieve and the way that we do things. We will conduct ourselves as professionally as possible and look to create an environment for all to enjoy.”
Pre-season training starts at 11am on July 1 at Eagle Valley.
A number of pre-season friendlies have now been arranged. The highlight of the fixtures will be on July 27, when Nigel Clough brings a team from Championship side Burton Albion to face the Eagles at Eagle Valley.
Arnold Town’s pre-season fixtures are as follows:
Saturday, July 8 – Basford AWAY – 3pm
Saturday, July 15 – Dunkirk AWAY – 3pm
Saturday, July 22 – Long Eaton United at AWAY – 3pm
Tuesday, July 25 – Keyworth United at HOME – KO Time 7.30pm
Thursday, July 27 – BURTON ALBION at HOME – 7.30pm
Saturday, July 29 – Oadby Town AWAY – 3pm
Various sponsorship packages are also available for those wishing to support the club during the 2017-2018 season and more details can be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com
Packages include sponsor a player, match and/or matchball, MOTM, Programme sponsor, or for the youngsters – mascot for the day.
The club welcome on board new sponsor Lee Carrington Painting & Decorating who have sponsored the new first team kit. The firm has also agreed to sponsor the match and our ‘Eagle Eye’ matchday programme for the Burton Albion friendly game.
Also extending their sponsorship for a further year are local firm Frank Key.
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Any new players wishing to attend any training sessions are asked to contact either Manager Tom Richardson or Assistant Chris Galley on the respective numbers below.
Tom Richardson – 07736328173
Chris Galley – 07528162225