Grantham Town this week announced the appointment of a new joint manager to fill the empty seat on the bench left by Jimmy Albans.
A posse of diehard Gingerbreads supporters responded to the club’s call to attend a press conference at the MCS Centre on Wednesday where they were promised they would be introduced to the latest addition to Grantham’s coaching staff – Adam Stevens.
The conference began with former club chairman Peter Railton thanking Wayne Hallcro for his sterling efforts in keeping Town’s head above water since he had been solo at the helm – holding league leaders to two draws in two weeks not the least of them – which drew rapturous applause from board of directors members and fans alike.
Mr Railton introduced 39-year-old Stevens (‘Stevo’) to the room after an initial speech by Hallcro who worked with him at Coalville Town around a year ago.
Stevens played for Coalville before going on to manage them for eight years, taking them to the final of the FA Vase at Wembley in 2011.
Since he left The Ravens earlier in the season, Stevens has not wasted his time and said he has kept an eye on the NPL.
He said: “I’m excited to be in the Northern Premier League. I’ve been out watching games at their level, looking at players. So, I’m ready and raring to go.
“I thought me and Wayne worked really, really well at Coalville. I know most of the players involved and I can’t wait to meet everyone and get started. I’m ready for the challenge that’s ahead.”
Following his former co-boss Albans’ departure at the beginning of last month, Hallcro said his first thought of somone to fill the position was Stevens.
Hallcro said: “When Jimmy decided to do what he was going to do, it was the first call I made. “We hit it off straight away at Coalville. We sort of have the same thought process, which is very important. If you’re united in what you’re doing then you’ve got a good chance.
“You’ve got to sing off the same sheet which is what me and Stevo did, and our results at the time proved it.
“It can only benefit us all for someone like Stevo to be alongside me.
“It’s going to be enjoyable, it’s going to be tough, but we’re all up for the challenge of making sure we carry on going in the right direction.”
The pair answered a variety of questions from the floor including whether there would be any players returning to the club, which they said they could not rule out.
Stevens was asked what he thought of The Meres set-up and he said it was a big step up from what it has been used to. He said: “The facilities available were a massive factor in me coming here. It’s fantastic to be here.”
The managerial duo will have their first chance to impress supporters when the Gingerbreads take on Halesowen Town at The Meres tomorrow (Saturday).
The club is offering a special deal for the game – a ticket for the match plus handmade Posh Steak and Ale Pie, chips, mushy peas and onion gravy – for £13.50, a saving of £3.50.
The meals are available, served at your table, at the MCS Centre between 1pm and 2pm, and must be pre-booked via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kick-off tomorrow is 3pm.