Mark Shaw wants to mastermind a return to the Conference North for Worksop Town, after signing a new three year contract.
The manager has been rewarded for spearheading the club’s revival off the field, as much as leading them to fourth place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier and second place in the NCEL Premier.
Shaw, 36, says it’s an honour to work for the world’s fourth oldest club, and said preparations for the 2015/16 season had already begun.
Speaking after the conclusion of a season that saw Tigers come just five points shy of promotion, Shaw said: “It’s a fantastic honour to sign a new contract and it means a lot to me to be given it.”
“This is the best club I’ve worked for, with the best supporters and the hardest working people behind the scenes.”
“It’s also a great club because of the potential for expansion, development and progression.”
“My endeavour will be to take the club back to the Evo-Stik and then to the Conference North – we can become a real power in non league football.”
“I want to be successful with Worksop Town, and give the club the best chance for the future.”
“We are already working on the off season, pre-season schedule and the squad.”
Shaw will have a head start this summer, without the turmoil that engulfed the club this time last year, when owner Jason Clark announced he was no longer going to put money in.
“It’s nice to know that this season we won’t have any of the major issues to deal with, but be able to get the players right,” said Shaw, whose club is now funded by the supporters through a Team500 Club membership scheme.
“I want to thank everyone for their support and backing over the last two seasons, and hope we can get one step closer next season.”
“What I will say is that we need to come together as a town again, we need the sponsorship, support and the Team500 members.”
The three year deal will give Shaw time to achieve his goals, according to Supporters Society and decision making committee chairman Kevin Keep.
“In my opinion Mark has thoroughly deserved a new three year contract, not only for what he has achieved on the pitch, where we have over performed for the last two seasons, but also the tremendous work he has done off it.”
“Looking back to last May, when we had no funds, no team and no league to play in, to where we are now is an amazing achievement and a very large part of that is down to Mark.”
“The club is moving forward, but some things this will not happen overnight and will need time to achieve. This will require stability both on and off the field.”
“From my point of view to offer Mark a three year deal was the best option if we are to achieve our goals.”
Under Shaw’s leadership put plans in place for a football academy, held soccer camps and worked with local schools to deliver coaching.
And despite dropping down two levels Tigers have enjoyed an attendance boost, averaging 425 at their home league games at Sandy Lane.