New Management Team Appointed

Hednesford Town Football Club are today delighted to announce the appointment of Nicky Eaden as their new first team manager.

Eaden, 45, will be assisted by Gary Hayward – with both joining the club with immediate effect as they look to work towards their first game in-charge when Farsley Celtic visit Keys Park on New Year’s Day.

Following his appointment Eaden said:

“I’m looking forward to getting going. Some people are perhaps surprised that I would take a job at this level but I see Hednesford as a great club and an opportunity to create something really good.

“My first management job, with Nuneaton, could be best described as challenging but after speaking to people here at Hednesford I could tell that the set-up here was right. I’m very much looking forward to getting the club moving in the right direction again and playing good football.

“I feel as if I have a good mix with myself and Gaz – he is very experienced in the non-league game and with both our contacts that we possess we feel that we can create a good team.”

The new Pitmen manager had a distinguished football career as a player – making over 550 professional appearances both in the Football League and Premier League for Barnsley, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest.

Eaden, a UEFA Pro Licensed Coach, moved into management in 2009 when he became assistant to Mark Cooper at Kettering, following the former Hednesford man to Peterborough United. Spells at Rotherham United, Tamworth and Kettering followed before he was appointed as a coach at Leicester City Under 21s – a position Eaden would undertake for almost four years before positions at Rotherham, Coventry City and Chesterfield followed.

In June 2018 he was appointed as manager of National League North side Nuneaton Borough but financial constraints saw him leave the Warwickshire side in November before linking up with the Pitmen.

Hayward meanwhile brings with him experience of the non-league game having managed both Eastwood Town and Worksop Town before assisting Eaden at Nuneaton.

Everyone at Keys Park would like to thank Francino Francis for the hard work that he has undertaken after taking on the caretaker manager role during the interim period. We wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts while in the role.

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