NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: New assistant boss unveiled at St Ives Town
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Ricky Marheineke believes he has hired the ideal right-hand man.
The St Ives Town chief has appointed Craig Adams as his new assistant manager.
The 44 year-old arrives after spending the last two seasons as number two at Southern League Premier Division rivals Biggleswade Town.
Adams has previously managed lower-level sides Wellingborough Town and Bedford Town, and also worked as an assistant boss at Rugby Town briefly. He has also coached in the Peterborough United youth set-up in the past.
Marheineke said: “Craig is a fantastic addition. He’s a loyal, forward-thinking coach who prides himself on hard work and attention to detail.
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“I can’t wait to start working with him and I’m confident we can create something special together at this great club.
“Craig currently holds the UEFA B coaching licence and is on a EUFA A course later in the year. That shows the level he is at.”
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Saints endured a tough second season at Step 3 level, finishing 22nd in the Southern League Premier Division.
They were fortunate to dodge relegation in a campaign when only the bottom side – Dunstable Town – faced the drop.
Marheineke is bidding to bolster a squad which struggled last term, although there are no confirmed arrivals at this stage. One popular player – midfielder Rogan McGeorge – to take up a coaching and playing position in Australia.
Marheineke added: “It’s a great opportunity for Rogan – one that doesn’t come around very often. I wish him every success.
“He was superb for St Ives during his time with us last season. His attitude and application were second to none, and he is also a great lad.
“I’m working hard on trying to bring new players to the club and we’re also talking to a number of our current players as well.”