Badgers bring in Hayward as boss

Eastwood Town have appointed former Belper Town manager Gary Hayward as their new boss, with Paul Rawden as his assistant.

The duo were in charge of Arnold Town last season and have been brought in following the resignation of both Nick Hawkins and Chris Shaw from their joint-manager roles in the last fortnight.

Hayward and Rawden have extensive coaching experience in local non-league football with Hayward having spent time with Blackwell MW, Borrowash Victoria, Belper, Worksop Town, Gedling Town, Greenwood Meadows and Hucknall Town and Rawden also having played and coached in the East Midlands with the likes of Ilkeston, Matlock, Sandiacre, Radford and Kimberley Town.

Badgers vice-chairman Steve Peat said: “Gary and Paul have good experience to draw from and could also be good moves for the club commercially too.”

Hayward’s first job has been to assemble a squad of players for Saturday’s trip to second-from-bottom Kidsgrove Athletic, with a number of squad members believed to have left the club immediately after Hawkins’ departure.

Peat added: “Ten came to training on Thursday night and we’ve also brought in striker Paris Simmons and former Stockport goalkeeper Lewis King, so along with those members of the existing squad who we’re expecting to stay, we should be fine for Saturday.”

The Badgers will then be at home to Lincoln United on Tuesday night.