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Newark Town joint managers gearing up for busy season after new promotion

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The new joint managers of Newark Town are gearing up for a busy season at the newly-promoted club.

Town stalwart Luke Parsons and Nick Andersen will take joint charge of the step six side after the departure of Nathan Arnold.

“It was a bit of a surprise when he left, but a number of people went through the interview process and it was Nick and I who were ultimately successful,” said Parsons, who is in his second spell in charge of the side.

The two joint managers of Newark Town FC Photo courtesy of Newarktownfc.com (57378140)
The two joint managers of Newark Town FC Photo courtesy of Newarktownfc.com (57378140)

“A lot of clubs are heading into more of a management team structure rather than the traditional one-manager model.

“Obviously there could be certain dynamics that come into play, but as long as you bounce off each other and get along I think the positives outweigh any negatives. It helps with things like man management and utilising time effectively, you don’t have one bloke running around trying to do everything.”

Luke and Nick have known one another for several years with Nick previously managing Luke at Harrowby United.

“We both have similar views on tactics, we are striving for an honest and happy environment,” said Parsons.

“If you are a player who comes into your football happy, you are going to perform better on the pitch.

“Ideally, we would want to finish as high as possible but at the same time we don’t want to be over-confident.”

Both know the challenge they are facing in the higher league, especially after losing a few players ­— some to Newark and Sherwood United, where Arnold now manages.

Parsons said: “Players come and go, it’s the reality of the game. We want players who want to be at Newark Town.

“We understand that players want to test themselves at higher levels of football and we have no issues with that.

“We have several irons in the fire at the moment, we anticipate that we will have some announcements around recruiting shortly.”

One positive was the retention of captain Lewis Chambers. Chambers who top-scored for the team with 46 goals last season is seen as a crucial part of the club.

“It is fantastic to have a captain who wears his heart on his sleeve and gives everything on the pitch,” said Parsons.

“He is one of the most loyal guys I’ve met in football.”

With a phenomenal record of 89 goals in 75 games, Chambers is eyeing the club record for most goals scored and it is possible that this may be the season that it gets beaten.

It was no surprise that other teams have expressed interest in the club captain who has instead chosen to commit to Newark Town FC.

“Any team two or three divisions above us would love to have a player of Lewis’ abilities. Not only because of his proven goal-scoring ability but also because of his ability to get assists and his high work rate,” said Parsons.

The club has implemented changes off the pitch as well, with new changing rooms about to be opened and the new hospitality suite being prepared for next season.

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