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Alcester Town job 'perfect marriage' for new management team

ALCESTER Town have confirmed Aaron Blackwood as their new manager – and he will be assisted by Tony Round who described the venture as the ‘perfect marriage’.

Aaron Blackwood and Tony Round have taken charge of Alcester Town. Photo: iStock
Aaron Blackwood and Tony Round have taken charge of Alcester Town. Photo: iStock

Also joining the backroom staff are coaches Ryan Faulkner and Billy Holden-Parker. The Romans also confirmed another member of the backroom team would be announced in the near future.

Blackwood and the rest of the backroom staff have taken charge of the Midland League Division Two club after Matt Seeley and Craig Gasiewski stepped down from their positions at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

Speaking to the Herald, assistant boss Round said: “Speaking between the four of us, we felt Alcester Town was one of those clubs heading in the right direction in the right areas.

“The junior section is growing and after speaking to the chairman (Steve McAdam), we seemed to all be on the same wavelength.

"They want to create that proper pathway into adult football at the right step.

"The club also has ambitions and wants to kick on, so taking over at Alcester Town seemed like the perfect marriage for us.”

Despite being just 27 years old, Blackwood is highly though of on the local non-league scene and has enjoyed good spells at various clubs, including Feckenham and Fairfield Villa.

Blackwood started out his managerial career with stints at Studley U18s and Highgate United U18s in the Midland Floodlit Youth League.

He then joined West Midlands (Regional) League side Bartley Green Illey in 2013, steering the club to safety before having two spells with Feckenham across six years from the 2013-14 season to the 2019-20 campaign.

The Millers’ highest finish in Midland League Division Two during Blackwood’s tenure was fourth in 2017-18. During the same season, he guided the club to the final of the Presidents Cup, where they would lose 2-0 to NKF Burbage.

For the 2021-22 campaign, he joined Fairfield Villa as joint-manager and helped them to a fourth-placed finish in Midland League Division Two.

On Blackwood’s appointment, Romans chairman Steve McAdam said the new boss had a “proven track record” at managing at step seven, and that his knowledge of the local scene made him the “ideal candidate”.

McAdam added: “I look forward to working with Aaron and his backroom team, as we continue to develop the club both on and off the pitch.”

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