Tuesday 23rd September 2014


Mark Wilson Appointed First Team Manager


We are delighted to announce that our six-week search for a successor to Dave Shaw is finally over following the appointment of Mark Wilson as First Team Manager.


Mark has an excellent track record managing in non-league football after spending five successful years in charge of Borrowash Victoria, where he led his team to two East Midlands Counties League Cup wins, three Runners-Up finishes and a run to the last 32 of the F.A. Carlsberg Vase.


After leaving Borrowash in March 2013 he guided South Normanton Athletic to promotion from the Central Midlands League last season, and then to the top of the East Midlands Counties League this term.


A goalkeeper during his playing career, he was a trainee with Derby County before plying his trade in non-league circles with Belper Town, Hednesford Town, Spalding United and Mickleover Sports.


"Mark has been managing since he was 27 years old", said Romans Director Barry Smith; "He knows what he is doing, and has more than earned his chance to step up a level."


"We're really pleased to get him on board, he has been close to the Manager's job at Rocester in the past but situations and timings were never quite right until now."


"For him to leave a good position at an up-and-coming club like South Normanton speaks volumes about his enthusiasm for the challenge at Rocester, and about his ambition to turn the club's fortunes around."


"Unfortunately it has taken much longer than we anticipated to find our new Manager, not least because the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and I have all been away on holidays during the last month, but things have finally clicked into place and we can at last start to move things in the right direction."


Mark brings former Romans striker Karl Payne with him as his Assistant - Karl enjoyed a lengthy playing career that included spells with Chesterfield, Burton Albion and Bromsgrove Rovers among others.


The Directors and Committee would like to wish Mark and Karl every success at the club.


We would also like to extend our thanks to Anthony Jones, Rob Crawley, Carl Allen and Wayne Johnson, who have all played their part in looking after first team affairs over the last six weeks.