Nicky Law to leave the Reds at the start of February
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017
Alfreton Town Manager Nicky Law is set to leave the Reds to join Premier League Burnley as their Head of National Recruitment for the Under 17-23s at the start of February.
Nicky leaves after nearly ten years in charge of the Reds.
Nicky has not been relieved of his duties but this is an amicable parting due to the Claret’s offer which included working with the Under 17-23’s; being too good for Nicky to turn down. Law’s last outing will be Alfreton’s trip to Gainsborough Trinity on the 4th February and he leaves with the best wishes of Chairman Wayne Bradley and all at Alfreton Town.
The 2016/17 campaign saw the Red's boss in his tenth consecutive season as manager of Alfreton Town; giving him the honour of being the club's longest serving manager. This season has been a challenge for the club who currently sit in 18th place in the Conference North table, four points above the relegation places.
This campaign has been heavily based on re-building the club following one season of return to the National League North Division, following relegation from the Conference Premier on the final day of the 2014/15 season. He had kept the club at the top table of non-league football for four seasons after winning the Conference North title in 2010/11. The richly-deserved title success followed two successive third place finishes in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons, with the Reds reaching the play-offs on both occasions, narrowly losing 2-1 to Fleetwood Town in the 2010 final.
Nicky was appointed Reds Boss in May 2007, after resigning his position at Buxton FC. He had led the Bucks to promotion after winning the Northern Premier, Division One North title, also winning the President's Cup.
A professional Licence as well as a UEFA A and B coaching Licence holder, Law is the highest qualified manager ever to be in charge of the Reds. He has experience in abundance having also managed Grimsby Town, Bradford City and Chesterfield in the Football League, leading the latter to promotion from the fourth tier in 2000/01. He has also held player/coaching roles at both Ilkeston Town and Stafford Rangers.
Press Officer Amar Sharma spoke to Nicky about his departure from the club:
“The offer came in and it was to start on February 1st but I’ve been allowed to stay with Alfreton until February 4th to allow a smooth transition. It’s been an extremely tough decision for me, this club means a heck of a lot and I’ve been through so much, the highs and the lows.”
“I’ve had such a great relationship with the Chairman who has been a great boss and a great friend to me outside football. I had a three hour conversation with Wayne explaining the situation and the offer from this club and in honesty I needed to think about the next 10 years and where I want to be. Being able to move to a club like Burnley and deal with national recruitment for young players and in turn develop young players was a great challenge for me and one I wanted to take on.”
“I go with a really heavy heart, it’s been so tough to even think of leaving Alfreton, it’s been nearly ten years, ten years in May and this club is a part of me and I will never forget everything I’ve achieved. They say all good things must come to an end and it’s one of those things.”
“I want to thank everyone, absolutely everyone at Alfreton, the Chairman, Russ, all the players past and present it’s been a pleasure to work with you all. I want to thank every one of our supporters, your effort, your passion and your love for this club is tremendous. Thank you for supporting me throughout my time here. I leave after the Gainsborough Trinity match and I wish everyone all the best.”
Law’s departure from the Reds after the Gainsborough Trinity match will see Russ O’Neill take charge of the first team and he has freedom to choose his assistant.
The decision to promote Russ to first team coach is the best outcome for the Reds with the season already past the half way mark. In addition, O’Neill is familiar with the squad and at that moment will be the best replacement having worked with Nicky at Alfreton Town since 2007.
All at Alfreton Town wish Nicky the very best in his next challenge and we thank you for everything you have done for the Reds.