Ramsbottom United can confirm Lee Donafee’s backroom staff for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
Donafee has appointed Martin Parker (pictured left above) as his assistant manager.
The 36-year-old is stepping into management for the first time following an illustrious playing career at the likes of Radcliffe FC, FC United of Manchester and Glossop North End.
It’s not the first time Parker has been at the club, he joined for a brief period during the FA Trophy run of 2018/19 and then again at the start of the 2019/20 season where he made his only appearance in a Rams shirt away at Pontefract.
Parker said: “I’m delighted to be offered the opportunity to come in. I’ve known Lee a long time and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down”
He’s been out of football for the last couple of years due to work and other commitments.
Parker has also signed playing papers ahead of the new season but will concentrate on being on the sidelines and will be used as cover if needed on the pitch.
He also commented on the squad: “I think we’ve got a great playing squad, some fantastic players here. I think we are ambitious and for me the only thing we can be going for is promotion”
Michael Smith (pictured right above) has also joined the backroom staff as first-team coach.
The 34-year-old coached Warrington Rylands to FA Vase glory last season and has also had previous spells at Ashton Town & Warrington Town Reserves.
Smith said: “I’ve known Lee a long time, he’s tried to get me in a couple of times wherever he’s been. Where I’ve been the last few years, I’ve been settled, I was happy, I enjoyed what I was doing.
Things changed and Lee called me, I came down, spoke to him, watched a couple of sessions and watched a couple of games and last week got involved properly”
On the appointments, Donafee said: “Martin has approximately 15 years of non-league experience. I previously managed Parks at Glossop north end and briefly at Ramsbottom during our FA Trophy run.
Martin joins us with a lot of key attributes and will bring much-valued knowledge to Ramsbottom United.”
“Michael is a coach I’ve known for a long time. I first coached and managed Michael when he was 18. After a bad injury, Micheal then got into coaching himself.
This is the 3rd time I have tried to get Michael involved with me at a club and now I finally have him is massive for the management team and the players.
Michael spent the last two seasons with Warrington Rylands winning the FA Vase last season. He is a welcome addition to Ramsbottom United.”
Donafee concluded by saying: “I’m delighted to have them both on board, the qualities that these two lads have is hard to find good loyal honest lads who want wants best for the club.”
Lincoln Adams & Warren Nolan remain in their roles of first-team coach and technical director respectively.
Alex Brown has also joined the club as physio following the departure of Sophie Lomax.