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Newark Town Football Club announce Luke Parsons as the club's new joint-manager alongside Damo Parkinson

By Connor Thompson

Luke Parsons says he has unfinished business with Newark Town Football Club after being appointed as joint-manager of the Saturday side.

Parsons, who captained Town to the Sam Arnold Memorial Trophy and Newark Alliance Premier Division title last season, has stepped down from the Sunday team to join Damo Parkinson at the reigns of the club’s step-seven Saturday side.

“I’ve always respected Damo, we’re both similar people,” he said.

Luke Parsons (12219500)
Luke Parsons (12219500)

“He has the same passion for football that I have and we’re both winners. We don’t like losing.

“It’s been in the pipeline for two months now and since Damo made it official I’ve been itching to get going.”

Parsons said he was interested in the job last season, but the commitment to both sides would have been too much of an ask.

“I could only do one, I couldn’t commit to both days,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been right to leave the Sunday lads in that situation either.”

Parsons won ten trophies in four season for the Sunday side, and had a good relationship with the management team, often contributing to signings and weighing in with his opinion.

He said he wishes them all the best as he turns his attention to Saturday football, where he hopes to mirror the progression of Newark Flowserve.

“I’ve looked at what has happened to Flowserve and I want to help the club move up the football ladder,” he said.

“We came close one season under Tony Joynes (2015/16) and I feel like I’ve got unfinished business after falling short because we were in a good position to be promoted, but we fell off towards the end of the season.”

Parsons said he would also call on the leadership role he had at the successful Sunday side to help him.

“I had a big influence, and I have captained both the Saturday and Sunday team,” he said.

“I’ve always wanted to be a manager. I’m a good motivator, and I’ve been the leader in the team before ­— I have the communication skills.”

The club start preseason training on Monday and will twice a week ahead of their friendlies, which start on July 10 (7.45pm kick-off) at home to Lincoln United.

The FA also announced Town would remain in the Central Midlands League North, alongside rivals Collingham.

Matlock Town Reserves, Crowle Town Colts and Sutton Rovers are all newcomers to the division.


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