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Ilkley Town Announces Staff Re-Structures

With the new developments of the 3G pitch getting closer, Ilkley Town have announced a mass re-structuring of their management team.

Former first team manager Simon Armstrong has taken on the Head Of Player Development role with existing first team coaches Dave Houlston and Greg Beswick taking over as joint managers of the first time.

Anthony Hart and Ian McDonell have joined forces to take control of the under 21’s team, with the aim of developing the clubs youngsters to help them break into the academy.

Anthony will combine the role with his academy manager duties alongside Ian who has managed junior teams at Ilkley for over seven years.

First team player Danny Keating is the final change, as he takes on the position of senior secretary at the club.

Chairman Richard Giles said: “I am pleased with these changes as they allow us to plan for the 3G pitch coming while keeping continuity.”

“We are a family and will promote from within whenever we can”.

“I would like to pay particular thanks to Simon (Armstrong) for managing the first team for the last three years. ”

The club has seen plenty of success in the past three seasons under Armstrong, winning two Wharfedale Cups and earning promotion to the West Yorkshire Premier Division in 2016.

Giles added: “Simon leaves the first team in a strong position. Dave (Houlston) and Greg (Beswick) are experienced coaches and have worked with our first team and are ideally placed to pick up the baton.”