After appearing to have committed to Hallam for next season, Ryan Hindley has had a change of heart after being unveiled as the new boss of Worksop Town, a club he has twice played for.
Although he had been linked with the Worksop job and another former club Ilkeston Hindley appeared to quashed rumours of a move away after saying he had spoken with Hallam chairman Steve Basford and was already planning for next season.
“It came as a bit of a surprise,” said Hindley. “Its a good opportunity for me. To be offered the chance to manage one of the biggest clubs in the NCE League was something I couldn’t turn down.
“I’m disappointed to be leaving Hallam there are some good people there but I leave with the club in a much better position than when I arrived. I just hope they can go on and get promotion.”
Hindley replaced Steve Toyne at Sandygate in September 2014 following a disastrous start to the campaign which saw them bottom of Division One after losing the opening nine league games, guiding the club to a respectable mid-table position.
In the two full seasons since Hindley took over he led Hallam to the play-offs but missed out on promotion after losing at the semi-final stage 2-0 at Bottesford Town then 3-2 at Grimsby Town.
Steve Whitehead also moves with Hindley to Worksop while Jon Kennedy, who oversaw team matters in the latter part of last season, will remain at Sandy Lane as one of Hindley’s assistant managers.
One manager definitely staying put is Penistone Church boss Ian Richards after spurning the advances of two clubs higher up the football pyramid to remain at Station View Road.
Richards has spent seven years in charge at Penistone and has just guided the club to promotion to the NCE top flight for the first time as well as lifting the league cup.
“I’m honoured to have formally been offered two manager jobs at higher status clubs, said Richards. I’m ambitious but also loyal, I owe my players and club to lead them in the NCEL Prem. We’re going to give it a right go.”
AFC Emley have suffered another blow with the news that prolific scorer Ashley Flynn has agreed to a shock move to join Division One rivals Yorkshire Amateur.
It comes a few weeks after boss Darren Hepworth decided to step down.
Flynn has hit an incredible 129 goals over the past two seasons.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have pulled off a major coup with the news that experienced striker Rob Boardman is set to sign for the club from Evo-Stik side Ossett Albion, while, Armthorpe Welfare have confirmed that midfilder Will Ramsay has agreed to join the club from Division One rivals Selby Town
Pre-season friendlies include -
Sat July 1. Dodworth MW v Worsbrough Bridge Ath
Wednesday, July 5. Retford United v Worksop Town, Shirebrook Town v Staveley MW.
Sat July 8. Armthopre Welfare v Goole AFC, Parkgate v Rotherham United.
Monday, July 10. Eccleshill United v Shaw Lane AFC, Worksop Town v Sheffield Tuesday, July 11 Armthorpe Welfare v Doncaster Rovers.
Wednesday, July12. Parkgate v Harrogate Town, Worsbrough BA v Athersley Recreation.
Saturday July 15. Armthorpe Welfare v Stocksbridge PS, Cleethorpes Town v Handsworth Parramore,Huddersfield YM v Worsbrough BA, Parkgate v Guisley, Worksop Town v Swallownest.
Tuesday, July 18. Hemsworth MW v Sheffield FC, Rainworth MW v Dronfield Town, Worksop Town v Sheffield Utd U23.
Wednesday, July 19. Athersley Rec v Parkgate, Handsworth Parramore v Clay Cross Town, Penistone Church v Worsbrough BA, Selby Town v Armthorpe Welfare.
Friday July 21. Handsworth Parramore v Sheffield Utd X1.
Saturday, July 22. Dinnington Town v Worsbrough BA, Hall Road Rangers v Armthorpe Welfare, Parkgate v Teversal, Shirebrook Town v Worksop Town.
Tuesday, July 25. Handsworth Parramore v Guisley, Hemsworth MW v Stocksbridge PS.
Wednesday, July 26. Armthorpe Welfare v Bottesford Town, Worsbrough BA v Ossett Town.
Saturday July 29. Carlton Town v Handsworth Parramore, Dronfield Town v Parkgate, Harworth CI v Armthorpe Welfare, Worksop Town v Matlock Town.
Tuesday, Aug 1. Hallam v Sheffield Utd, Handsworth Parramore v Basford Utd, Oughtibridge v Worsbrough BA,