Last week’s appointment of Ryan Hindley as the new manager of Hallam FC has created a buzz at the club.
Hallam have struggled since relegation from the NCEL Premier Division at the end of the 2010/11 season and have since finished no higher than 12th in Division One.
Julian Watts, Chris Sellars and Steve Toyne this season have tried but failed to light the blue touch paper at Sandygate Road. Toyne resigned last month with Hallam bottom of the table and with neither a league win nor a point to their name.
Hindley had not managed at semi-pro level before and the 32-year-old’s only managerial experience is at Sunday League level, so the appointmenr be seen as a gamble.
But what he lacks in experience is certainly made up for in enthusiasm and self confidence . And while Hindley’s first league game in charge on Saturday didn’t bring the result the majority of the 160 inside Sandygate Road had hoped for, it was the manner of the 3-2 defeat against Shirebrook Town, that had the home supporters and club officials alike enthusing.
Hindley’s hard work ethos and enthusiasm had certainly rubbed off on the players who put in a performance that deserved so much better.
Hindley couldn’t fault the attitude and work rate of his players: “I was delighted with the lads; I don’t think there was anyone in the ground that didn’t think we deserved the three points.”
n Hindley played for tomorrow’s visitors to Sandygate Clipstone earlier this season and is still registered with them as a player.