Favourite Shaw takes Coronation Park helm

Chris Shaw has taken over at Eastwood Town.
Chris Shaw has taken over at Eastwood Town.

Fans’ favourite Chris Shaw took the reins as player/manager of Eastwood Town this week and declared his love for the club was what made him want the job.

Shaw has been associated with the Badgers for nine years with several spells as a player during that time.

And the 28-year-old full-back says he is now keen to stabilise the playing side of things at Coronation Park as potential takeover deals bubble away in the background.

He said: “I’ve been involved with the club a long time and don’t want to see it struggle.

“Whenever I’ve gone to other clubs for whatever reason I’ve never been as settled or as happy as I have at Eastwood so I was really keen to help out.

“I know the club, I know the players and I know the problems we’re faced with, but I hope to bring plenty of experience into the role and the other players have responded really well to me taking over which is very pleasing.

“My priority is to get a secure, solid team that picks itself week in, week out.

“We’ve got lots of young lads who have done really well but I want some experience in there too and have made approaches for a couple of players who fit that mould.”

Shaw took charge of proceedings for last weekend’s 4-3 defeat to Witton Albion, where a late winner denied the Badgers a morale-boosting point.

But the new boss was enthused by what he saw and believes this Saturday’s trip to Blyth Spartans will be key.

“We did really well but got a bit tired towards the end and errors crept in, which is something we’ll work on,” he said.

“We’ll change the style a bit to play to everyone’s strengths but I believe we’ll be alright and can start picking up some points.

“Blyth is a six-pointer already and will be a good test.”

Midfielder Mitch Hanson will act as player/assistant manager initially, and Shaw is keen to raid his own contacts book to acquire new players.

He added: “I’m in regular contact with Paul Cox at Mansfield and he’s let me have a couple of players on loan this week, and I have plenty of other contacts in the game too.

“I want to do this job permanently regardless of whether new owners come in or not. This is my club and I want to see us progress.”