Russ Wilcox the man for Gainsborough Trinity

Gainsborough Trinity has announced that manager Russ Wilcox will remain at the helm for the 2024/25 season.

The former Scunthorpe United manager has overseen a positive swing in form since taking over in September, lifting the club from the relegation zone to mid-table and securing mathematical safety with seven games to go.

The Holy Blues have enjoyed a successful calendar year to date, winning eight from 11, including victories against Warrington Rylands, Worksop Town and Guiseley.

With his future now secure, Wilcox is looking forward to progressing the club on and off the field during the months to come.

"I’ve really enjoyed my time at Gainsborough and look forward to the challenges ahead,” the Holy Blues boss said.

“The help and support I’ve received from the board has allowed me to put my ideas and plans in place.

"There’s still plenty of work to do, but I’m sure people can see what we are trying to do - making the club as professional as we possibly can, with what’s available to us."

Wilcox has overseen the development of the club's structure since his appointment, reintroducing a scouting network and appointing strength and conditioning coach Dan Solts.

Gainsborough CEO Matt Boles praised the professionalism that Wilcox has brought to Trinity.

He said: "Russ has driven things forward both on and off the pitch to a new level of professionalism, and we are keen to ensure we sustain this and move forward as a club.

“We are already well on the way with our plans for next season, in terms of management, playing staff and a fully confirmed pre-season schedule where we can look forward to hosting a number of EFL clubs, alongside trips to some local neighbours."

The Holy Blues are currently in the midst of a three-match winning run which has seen them move to within eight points of the final play-off spot with five games remaining.

They were also one of only five teams to collect a maximum six points from six over the Easter weekend.

They travel to Lancaster City, another side with an outside shot of reaching the play-offs, on Saturday afternoon.

Photo credit: Gainsborough Trinity

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