Hawkins set to join Shaw at Coronation Park helm

Eastwood Town will have joint managers next season after the Badgers announced the arrival of Nick Hawkins for the 2013/14 campaign.

Hawkins, 27, is currently boss at Central Midlands League club South Normanton and has played for Eastwood in the past.

And with current player/boss Chris Shaw being only 28 years of age, the duo will form one of the youngest management teams in the country.

In a statement, Hawkins said: “I am excited to be working alongside Chris, and listening to the plans and the dedication of the personnel and their passion for the club, it is something I want to be apart of.

“I want to help make Eastwood Town a force to be recognised again and back to where it deserves to be in the Blue Square Bet North.

“It’s a great honour to manage such a huge non-league football club and being a Nottingham lad it will be great to help build a relationship between ourselves and the local community and bring it together with football.”

Shaw took charge of the Badgers in February but has so far been unable to engineer a league win at Coronation Park despite several near misses, although there have been encouraging displays in recent weeks.

Hawkins, meanwhile, has helped South Normanton to ninth place in the Central Midlands League South Division.

Hawkins added: “Eastwood and myself have history with me having played for them previously and the club has worked tirelessly to build a strong foundation again for me and Chris Shaw to build from.

“We will be building a partnership between the two clubs and will have a pre-season friendly.

“I will finish the season at South Normanton and put my all into the team and club as I have all year.”

The Badgers will host Blyth Spartans this weekend in their final home match of the season at Coronation Park. Blyth currently sit 16th in the league table.

The season will end with a trip to Chorley on Saturday, May 4.