Rawden explains Kimberley MW changes

Paul Rawden
Paul Rawden

Paul Rawden says he has stepped aside as Kimberley Miners Welfare manager so he can play a more active role behind the scenes at the Stag Ground.

It was announced on Saturday that Rawden had stood down from his role and was being replaced by former Wycombe Wanderers and Carlisle United midfielder Tony Hemmings.

Hemmings proceeded to take charge of the surprise 4-1 defeat to Greenwood Meadows.

Rawden says it has been his decision to move into a different role at the club, and that it was he that appointed Hemmings to replace him.

He said: “Over the last year or so I’ve done an awful lot of work off the pitch to get the ground up to scratch and help improve the infrastructure. This season I’ve spent more time concentrating on playing matters but as a result, some of the off-field things haven’t moved along as quickly as we might have liked.

“So over the last few weeks I’ve been in contact with Tony and managed to finalise everything ahead of last weekend to put him in place.

“This will free me up to continue helping to build the club from the good foundations we’ve put down in recent months.”

Hemmings, 47, was previously in charge of another East Midlands Counties League club, Ashby Ivanhoe, and has also managed Stapenhill and Gresley since retiring as a player.

Rawden added: “He’s got a great pedigree as a player having appeared for clubs at various levels and helped Ashby to a top six finish in the EMCL last year.

“His appointment may well mean quite a few players come and go as he puts his stamp on things, but he’ll have the freedom to do that and should be a great appointment.

“He has the enthusiasm, desire and passion needed to succeed at this level and actually reminds me of how I was ten or 15 years ago.”

Rawden is now setting his mind on continuing to grow Welfare into a club capable of competing at a higher level.

He added: “We’re bringing the club more into the modern era.

“It includes simple things like getting a TV licence and Sky Sports installed in the clubhouse which has now been done, right up to getting the ground up to a standard where we can compete higher up the pyramid further down the line.

“But it needs time and effort put into it and I couldn’t do that whilst running the team as well, which is why I felt the time was right to do what we’ve done.”