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Ilkeston FC confirm Kevin Wilson as manager

Kevin Wilson
Wilson was named Ilkeston manager in 2009

Newly formed Ilkeston FC have confirmed Kevin Wilson and Darren Caskey as their new management team on four-and-a-half-year contracts.

The duo were manager and assistant boss of Ilkeston Town when the club were wound up in September.

Dave Mantle, Robins chairman and head of operations of the club's new owners SR Education, said: "We knew we wanted Kevin and Darren on board.

"They have strong links and are keen to build something that will last."

Mantle added: "Their wages, along with rent and utility bills, will be paid through SR Education funding, as our company will be developing a base at the New Manor Ground. That means that every penny raised from gate receipts and commercial revenue can go towards the budget for players."

Darren and I have had offers to go elsewhere but my heart is at Ilkeston

Ilkeston FC manager Kevin Wilson

Ilkeston are still awaiting news as to which league the new club will play in next season but the club have been given permission by the Football Association to enter a side in the Conference Reserve League.

Former Chelsea, Derby and Northern Ireland striker Wilson said: "Darren and I have had offers to go elsewhere but my heart is at Ilkeston and we both wanted the chance to get the club moving back up the league ladder.

"We've been working with the Academy and it's clear how much the club means to them and the local community.

"There are no better facilities at this level of non-league football than ours, but we have to start again and get a squad together. It won't be easy, and there's a lot of hard work ahead. But I'm pleased to see a pathway and infrastructure for the club emerging under SR Education.

"While we may not have any senior players on the books at the moment, our apprentices will gain a lot from facing older, more experienced footballers, and it will leave them better prepared to challenge for first-team places for next season."



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