Hednesford Town have announced the appointment of Nicky Eaden as the club’s new first team manager.
Eaden arrives at Keys Park having left National League North strugglers Nuneaton Borough in November.
The new Pitmen manager had a distinguished football career as a player – making over 550 professional appearances both in the Football League and Premier League for Barnsley, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest.
After hanging up his boots in 2009, the former full-back enjoyed coaching spells with the likes of Peterborough, Tamworth and Leicester, before being handed managerial responsibilities on a caretaker basis at Rotherham in early 2016.
Speaking to Hednesford’s official club website: “I’m looking forward to getting going. Some people are perhaps surprised that I would take a job at this level but I see Hednesford as a great club and an opportunity to create something really good.
“My first management job, with Nuneaton, could be best described as challenging but after speaking to people here at Hednesford I could tell that the set-up here was right. I’m very much looking forward to getting the club moving in the right direction again and playing good football.”
Hednesford are currently sitting in 13th place in the Northern Premier League and they face a tricky game at home to Farsley Celtic on New Year’s Day.