Ramsbottom United manager Mark Fell has strengthened his backroom team by bringing in former Burnley, Preston, Rochdale and Wigan striker Graham Lancashire. The 44 year old who recently had a full time role in the Burnley Academy, will become assistant manager from the start of the 2017/18 season but will have an involvement in the Rams final three games of the season.
The appointment is the first step of a wider staff re-structure from Fell for the 2017/18 season with Lancashire working in conjunction with current coach Scott Campbell, other roles are expected to be confirmed before the end of the current campaign as the Rams look to organise their ranks for the summer.
Fell added, "Graham brings a wealth of experience to the club from a playing and coaching perspective. He's the right character to compliment our group and he shares the same ethos in terms of how we will operate in 2017/18. I've been looking to bring the right person in for some time, it's not something to rush as it's an important decision, we've had to be patient to ensure the timing was right for all sides but I'm pleased to get him on board."
Lancashire was equally pleased to be joining the Rams and spoke of his desire to get cracking. "I cannot wait to get started, and believe we have the foundations of a strong squad here. I would like to thank the Chairman Harry and Mark for trusting me with this position. Myself and Mark have met on a few occasions and we have the same ideas about how the game should be played and getting the best out of players. I have spent a lot of time studying many different coaches and managers from Academy U18's through National League and up to Premier League level while also working behind the scenes in an Academy.
"I feel that with this along with my playing knowledge and Mark's experience can only bring success to the club. Although this is a new experience at this level, myself, Mark and the rest of the staff are looking forward to creating a successful new era in the club's history as we are all motivated to succeed. It is important we repay the support of the fans with success on the pitch, and with the fans and town's backing hopefully we can achieve our targets. I guarantee the team will play with passion and give everything out on the pitch."
The Rams are looking for an upturn in fortunes after three consecutive heavy defeats when they travel to Goole on Saturday, there is a coach leaving the club on Saturday morning with spaces available for supporters, anyone interested can contact the club for more details.