Home from home lured Ramshaw

EVO-STIK Northern Premier League veteran John Ramshaw has told Rugby Town fans that the chance to team up with new Valley boss James Jepson was too good to turn down.

The respected Ramshaw is looking forward to using more than 30 years of experience at a host of clubs including Eastwood Town, Hednesford, Hucknall Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Lincoln United, Shepshed Dynamo, Sutton Town and Eastwood Town to assist the new Valley boss following his appointment last week as the successor to Dale Belford.

Ramshaw, who has spent that last few years in the professional game as director of Mansfield Town's academy before a stint last season as the assistant manager of National League outfit Torquay United, has told the EVO-STIK NPL First Division South club's fans that the post ticked all the right boxes for him.

After joining Jepson's backroom team at Butlin Road of fitness coach Justin Skeete and scout Donal Flynn, he said: "At my age, I had had enough of the hassle of travelling nationally, and when James approached me with this opportunity, it ticked a lot of boxes for me.

"James and I have yet to be at the same club at the same time, but our paths have crossed on a number of occasions, and we have talked about the game at depth. We appear to think the same way about things, and he is a bright, intelligent lad, who I believe is going to have a great future in football management."

"We will be working hard through the summer to assemble a competitive squad within the budget, and then getting back into training towards the end of June. I see myself as a decent coach, and for such a young man James has amazing knowledge of players at this level and some excellent contacts."

He added: "Bizarrely, I don't think I've ever been involved in a game against a Rugby side over the years but I have visited the ground on a number of occasions watching players, so I know the club quite well and also how good the set-up is here. Hopefully James and I can combine what we are good at, and get the club back up to a level they deserve to be at."

Former Notts County, Lincoln City, Gresley Rovers, Hucknall Town, King's Lynn Town and Kettering midfielder Jepson is pictured alongside club director Neil Melvin following his appointment two weeks ago as Belford's successor. Before taking up his first managerial role, Jepson made 13 appearances for the club in 2014 before switching to Kettering and winning the EVO-STIK Southern League's Central Division title.

Image courtesy of www.torquayunited.com

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