Well-travelled Shaw named new Club boss

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Sheffield FC have appointed Mark Shaw as the club’s new manager.

Shaw is well-known in local football circles having played for the now defunct Sunday league club Bradway before being part of a successful Matlock Town squad that reached the latter stages of the FA Trophy in 2001.

While with Matlock he came to attention of Northampton Town scouts. However, a spell on trial at the Cobblers didn’t lead to league football.

Since moving into coaching Shaw impressed enough as manager of Alfreton Town youth team to earn the top job at Retford Town. But after leading the Nottinghamshire club out of the North East counties league and into the Northern Premier League division one in 2007 he was surprisingly replaced by assistant Peter Duffield.

An unhappy time at Lincoln United was the next stop and his final role, before Sheffield FC, was at Central Midlands league club Sutton Town.

Shaw will take over full time at the beginning of next season. Caretaker manager Ian Whitehorne will see Sheffield through their final two fixtures of the current campaign.

Sheffield are at home to Romulus on Saturday before travelling to Shaw’s former club, Lincoln United, on Monday.

A club statement said: “Mark has been appointed after a rigorous selection procedure where the quality of applications surpassed our expectations. We would like to pass on our best wishes and good luck to all the unsuccessful candidates. We would also like to thank Ian Whitehorne and Paul Rodgers, who have overseen some outstanding performances from the team during their caretaker period, culminating in a 5-0 victory over promotion chasing Brigg Town this week.”

Shaw’s backroom staff will be Pete Shuttleworth as assistant coach and Chris Adam as player-assistant Coach.