Messrs. Chapman & Chester have taken over as permanent managers at the club based at Mulsanne Park, Nettleham. The pair took charge of their first game last Saturday. Mr. Chapman, a centre-back in his playing days, and Mr. Chester, who was a goalkeeper, are well known on the local football scene, and have previously managed Lincoln Moorlands Reserves, helping them to a top four finish in the Central Midlands League Reserves Division in the 2006/2007 season.
Mr. Chapman admits they have a tough task ahead, with Nettleham currently bottom of the league, with just three wins from twenty-three games. Quoted in the Lincolnshire Echo he says they have ambitious plans for the club:
"It's not ideal circumstances to get the manager's job with Rick's death, but we're very excited about taking the club on. Rick always had the club in his best interests. He worked so hard for Nettleham.Mr. Chapman is reported to have said they are already looking to bring in some new players.
"We're just hoping we can come in and bring the success to Nettleham that Rick deserved for the hard work he put in.
"The ultimate aim is to do what Lincoln Moorlands have done and move up the football pyramid, but it is going to take time and a lot of hard work.
"Nettleham is a club which does not have much money. They have struggled at this level for a while.
"We hope to bring a bit more excitement to the club and get a few more people through the turnstiles."
"We met a lot of the players at training on Wednesday and we've inherited a good set of lads. But one of the main problems is that the squad isn't big enough.
"There are a few players in the squad who have work commitments and aren't available every week and that can cause problems with such a small squad.
"You hope with new managers coming there will a response from the players."