Martin McIntosh has been confirmed as manager of Grantham Town FC.
Since the resignation of Paul Rawden and his team, the club has had numerous people show interest in the vacancy. As a club, we have had to consider the short-term situation, as well as considering the longer term picture, and the Board swiftly came to the conclusion that we needed a well-established manager who has experience of the Northern Premier League, as well as success at this level of football.
After serious and detailed consideration, and following meeting with Martin, the Board came to the conclusion that he would be an excellent appointment for the football club. Martin’s knowledge and passion for the game was second to none and straight away we knew we could achieve great things together. Martin will take charge of Saturday’s game away at Atherton Colleries.
Martin made over 450 appearances in his career, starting in Scotland before making appearances in the Football League with Stockport County, Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town. He took his first steps in coaching in 2009, being named as first team coach at Rotherham, before taking the reins at Worksop Town in October 2010.
Subsequently, he had a six-year spell in charge at Buxton, leaving the Bucks in 2018. Since then, Martin has had spells lower down the pyramid at Ilkeston Town and Frickley Athletic.
Upon taking the reins, Martin has said, “I’m delighted at the opportunity and can’t wait to get started. We’ve got a lot of big games coming up and I’m really looking forward to it. We need to build a side that will fight for each other and pull us away from the drop zone. It’s still close down there but I’m fully focused on the challenge ahead”
“I met with the directors and I’m excited at their vision for the club. My immediate priority is the first team and then I’ll be working alongside Alex and the staff at the academy to try and give the young players an opportunity as we begin to build for next year”.
The Board would like to put on record their appreciation for Danny Racchi and Scott Goodwin, for the way they took on the task of interim managers, with their efforts duly rewarded on Saturday with a valuable three points. Danny will be staying on as captain, as we feel he has a big part to play in the future of our club.
In addition, the Board envisage a very bright future for Scott in the realm of football management with the drive and desire he has for the game, he will always be welcome at The Meres in the future., and departs with our best wishes and thanks.