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Lee Fowler wants more success with Ilkeston Town

Lee Fowler The Non-League Paper

Lee Fowler says getting some early success as a manager with Ilkeston Town is only inspiring him to work harder.

The former Forest Green, Wrexham, Fleetwood Town and Kidderminster midfielder has ventured into first-team management this season.

He learned a lot alongside Nicky Eaden at Nuneaton earlier in the campaign when the club was in crisis before taking over at Midland League Ilkeston Town in December.

The Robins were crowned champions with a final day 8-0 win over Loughborough University to win promotion to Step 4.

In an interview for this Sunday’s NLP, the 35-year-old explains how determined he is to make his second career a long and fruitful one.

“I always asked questions as a player,” Fowler said. “Some managers probably thought it was being disrespectful but it was just that I wanted to know the reasons behind things. If we were playing a certain way, why were we?

“Managers can be lazy. A reason why they aren’t successful is they won’t put the work in. I can deal with not being good enough, but I can’t deal with not working hard enough. By me working hard and spending, probably my family time really, to watch teams and see set-plays, patterns of play, that’s going to hopefully help me in the long run.”

Don’t miss Sunday’s NLP for a full interview with Fowler on his first taste of being a manager and the type of boss he wants to be

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