‘I’m under no illusions’ – Rocester caretaker boss handed full-time role

He’s impressed during his interim period

Photo credit: Rocester FC

Rocester have unveiled their new permanent manager almost a month after the exit of former boss Paul Wright.

The club moved laterally from the Midland Football League to the North West Counties Football League in the summer amid an FA re-shuffle of the lower National League System pyramid.

Wright exited the Romans on September 12 after a “disappointing start to the season” which saw just two wins out of eleven matches in all competitions.

He has since joined the backroom staff at Northern Premier League side Newcastle Town.

On Friday, the club confirmed that Mark Grimley had accepted the position full-time after impressing during his interim spell.

He has picked up two wins from his first three games in charge including a 4-0 win at St Martins last weekend.

The club are now only kept in the bottom three of the First Division South on goal difference.


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New Rocester boss Grimley: ‘Short term is important

Upon the announcement, Grimley said: “There’s been a great response from the players with excellent numbers training and improved performances, but I’m under no illusions.

“Now we have a tough run of games coming up against all of the top four teams, so the short term is important.

“But this is a long-term project, I’m in it for the long haul and I’m confident that in time we can get the club back to where it ought to be.”

Club chairman Paul Wood added: “We’re really pleased with how things have progressed in recent weeks, and to get Mark properly on board is a major boost for us.”

Grimley’s tenure as full-time manager starts in Saturday’s home game against Wythenshawe Amateurs where a win could see them jump out of the relegation zone.

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