3 months ago
By Gordon Foster
Rainworth MW have confirmed that a change of manager will take place following tomorrow's Notts Senior Cup tie against Stapleford Town.
In what is probably the worst kept secret in local non-league football, Blidworth manager Lewis Saxby and assistant Dan Machin will succeed Ben Marvin (pictured), and his assistant Paul Rockley who stepped down last week.
Chairman Les Lee paid tribute to Marvin and at the same time scotched rumours doing the rounds on social media that the club had gone behind Marvin's back in appointing the Blidworth duo while he was still in post.
"Ben tendered his resignation a couple of weeks ago following the defeat at Belper United, but at the same time he offered to stay on until his successor was appointed," said the chairman.
"And some of the social media posts which have appeared from people who were at best ill-informed and at at worst mischief making have been well wide of the mark," he added.
"Ben has acted throughout like the gentleman he is and we are only sorry that things have not worked out for him as the committee had hoped. We thank him for his services so far this season and wish him every success wherever his future takes him."
The chairman also had a words of praise for Blidworth FC for the unselfish way in which they have facilitated the transfer of their management team to Rainworth.
Meanwhile Marvin himself has issued the following statement: "Today it is with regret that I step down as manager after tomorrows's game.
"This is a decision I made in my mind in September and, after notifying the chairman of my intentions, I agreed to stay on until the club felt a suitable replacement was found.
"A change in my working circumstances has found me unable to commit to giving the manager's role the full attention it deserves.
"Results have been undeniably poor, but performances haven't been too far off and there is a core of good young local players in the squad. With some additions of experience in the right areas the club will find itself climbing the league in the very near future.
"Les has been a great chairman to work for and I wish him, the committee and the helpers at Rainworth all the very best for the future."
It is hoped to include a statement from new boss Lewis Saxby following the Senior Cup fixture.
Updated 12:05 - 29 Oct 2018 by Paul Fryer