Time for change at Maltby Main, says new boss Russ Eagle

Time for change at Maltby Main, says new boss Russ Eagle

By David Beddows | 23/05/2022

Time for change at Maltby Main, says new boss Russ Eagle


NEW Maltby Main boss Russ Eagle says changes are needed if the club is to move to the next level.

The departure of John Stancliffe last month has given the ex-Parkgate and Handsworth chief the chance to go back to where he started in football management 20 years ago.

He takes on the Miners as an established name in the top flight of the Northern Counties East League and fresh from a strong run to the final of the Sheffield Senior Cup.

But Eagle (right) believes the club's infrastructure needs to change, forging even better ties with the town and attracting and developing local talent, if it is to make real progress and one day challenge for a move up the football pyramid.

He told the Advertiser: “It's the right time (to come back) because things need changing at the club and are starting to change.

“I am trying to get everything sorted with the junior section and the community.

“I know you shouldn't make comparisons but Maltby has the potential to be Handsworth FC, with its pitch and community and clubhouse.

“The only thing that is stopping Maltby is Maltby. It needs to say 'yes, we can do it’.”

Eagle added: “We've haven't got an U19s team, we haven't got a reserves team, we haven't got anything. To get the best lads from the local area, we have to give them a pathway to the first team.

“I have to get my finger out and make sure the first team is attractive to come to, but we have these other things to work on as well.”

Eagle's appointment coincides with the return of Wilf Race as chairman, eight months since he stepped down from the role and was succeeded by Dave Watts.

Watts will continue with his other roles for now as Main start putting plans in place for next season, which kicks off at the end of July.

In the meantime, Eagle has plenty to keep him occupied.

He added: “We are getting to the stage now where we have some younger blood on the junior side of the club. Mick Mills has taken over who I know really well.

“I think we can get the club to the next level, that's the aim.

“Don't get me wrong, I have come for the football and that will mean everything to me come July 30, but for now I have a project to get on with.”

* Maltby will again play in a 20-club Premier Division next season. Coming into the section are Frickley Athletic, Golcar United from Huddersfield and Yorkshire Amateur from other leagues, plus promoted Hallam and North Ferriby.