THE Eagle has landed at Northern Counties East Premier club Parkgate after manager Doug Shelley flew the nest following last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat against Barton Town Old Boys.
Shelley left after almost three years at Roundwood, saying he felt he’d taken the club as far as he could and that was his reason quitting.
The Steelmen quickly moved to appoint Russ Eagle as their new manager - he returns for the third spell.
Eagle guided the club into the Premier Division for the first time in the club’s history as Division One champions in 2006/07 in his last stint in charge.
Shelley leaves with Parkgate having slipped down to ninth in the table following a run of five league defeats in the last six.
He replaced Sean Hutchinson midway through the 2009/10 season after enjoying success in Sunday Football with Meadowhall League side Handsworth Old Crown, winning both the Premier Division and League Cup in the same season, but was untried at NCEL level.
However, in his first full season in charge, Parkgate finished second behind Champions Farsley AFC, the club’s highest ever position.
Then last term the Steelmen finished a respectable seventh in what was his second and final full l season in charge.
Eagle’s first task will be to try to persuade leading scorer Nathan Forbes-Swindells to stay. It is understood that another Premier Division club having made an approach for the 19-goal striker.