Malcom McIntosh appointed new Grantham Town FC manager

By The Editor

3rd Mar 2020 | Local Sport

Grantham Town FC has appointed Martin McIntosh as manager.

Danny Racchi and Scott Goodwin took temporary charge of the Gingerbreads following the departure of the BetVictor Northern Premier League club's management trio Paul Rawden, Russell Cousins and Adam Smith just days ago.

The club says that since the trio's resignation, 'numerous people' have shown an interest in the manager's job.

But it has had to consider the short-term situation, as well as the longer term picture, and the board swiftly came to the conclusion 'that we needed a well-established manager who has experience of the Northern Premier League, as well as success at this level of football'.

Following a meeting with Martin, the board decided he would be an 'excellent appointment'.

He will take charge of Saturday's game away at Atherton Colleries.

Martin made over 450 appearances in her career, starting in Scotland before before heading for the Football League with Stockport County, Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town.

He became first team coach at Rotherham i 2009, before taking the reins at Worksop Town in October 2010.

He went on to have a six-year spell in charge at Buxton, leaving the Bucks in 2018.

Since then, Martin has had spells at Ilkeston Town and Frickley Athletic.

Taking up the reins, Martin said, "I'm delighted at the opportunity and can't wait to get started.

"We've got a lot of big games coming up and I'm really looking forward to it.

"We need to build a side that will fight for each other and pull us away from the drop zone.

"It's still close down there but I'm fully focused on the challenge ahead. 

"I met with the directors and I'm excited at their vision for the club.

"My immediate priority is the first team and then I'll be working alongside Alex and the staff at the academy to try and give the young players an opportunity as we begin to build for next year."

The club put on record its appreciation to Danny Racchi and Scott Goodwin for taking on the task of interim managers, with their efforts rewarded on Saturday with a valuable three points.

Danny will be staying on as captain.

In addition, the board thanked Scott and has said it 'envisages a very bright future' for him in football management and that he will always be welcome at The Meres.

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