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First Team Management

  • Manager - Phil Parkinson
  • Assistant Manager - Neil Sorvel
  • Coach - Chris Parkes
  • Goalkeeping Coach - Ian Senior
  • Analyst - Mark Bushell

Manager: Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson was appointed on 28 April 2017, the eve of the last game of the 2016-17 season in which Altrincham had been relegated to the Northern Premier League. Phil arrived three days after his former club, Nantwich Town, had lost in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League promotion play-off semi-final at Spennymoor Town. He had managed The Dabbers since February 2015 and in that time he had transformed them from a relegation-threatended club to promotion contenders.

Phil also took Nantwich to the FA Trophy semi-finals in 2016.

As a player, he was a junior at Crewe Alexandra, and then at Reading, before having a year at Port Vale. He made sometwo hundred appearances for Nantwich as a player, where he captained the team that won the FA Vase in 2006, as well as leading the Dabbers to promotion from the North West Counties League and UniBond League First Division.

Outside football he is a Sports Science lecturer

Assistant Manager: Neil Sorvel

Neil joined Altrincham as Assistant Manager having enjoyed the same role with Phil Parkinson at Nantwich. He is a former Macclesfield Town and Crewe Alexandra midfielder and a work colleague of Phil's.

Coach: Chris Parkes

Chris followed Phil and Neil from Nantwich where he had been since February 2015. Chris had been a goalkeeper with Port Vale and Kidderminster Harriers amongst other clubs.

Goalkeeping Coach: Ian Senior

Ian was appointed Coach at Altrincham FC on 1 June 2011, having been Goalkeeping Coach at the club for a number of seasons. Ian also has vast playing experience at non-League clubs in the North-West, with his playing career including spells with Altrincham. A retired fire-figher, Ian also runs a successful sports kit supply business, SK Kits, which provides the clothing merchandise to Altrincham and a host of other clubs.

Analyst: Mark Bushell

Mark was brought in by manager Phil Parkinson to provide analytical data on the players and their opposition.

Below, is a summary of recent management and Board changes:

1997-98 John King, to 5/3/98 Graham Heathcote, to 5/3/98 Gerry Berman
1997-98 Bernard Taylor, from 5/3/98   Gerry Berman
1998-99 Bernard Taylor Nigel Gleghorn / Brian Kilcline, 8/98 to 11/9/98 Gerry Berman
1998-99 Bernard Taylor Graham Heathcote, from 11/9/98, resigned 12/99 Gerry Berman
1999-2000 Bernard Taylor, resigned 11/5/00 Stan Allan/ Owen Brown, to 5/00 Gerry Berman
2000-01 Mark Ward, from 19/5/00 to 18/3/01 Tony Murphy, from 19/5/00 to 18/3/01 Gerry Berman, to 1/01; Mark Harris, from 1/01
2000-01 & 2001-02 Bernard Taylor, caretaker from 3/01, officially from 1/5/01 Graham Heathcote, caretaker from 3/01, officially from 1/5/01 Mark Harris, to resignation 5/02
2001-02 Bernard Taylor Graham Heathcote, to 30/6/02 Board resigned 24/5/02
2002-03 Bernard Taylor, to 14/10/02 Andy May, from 6/02 to 14/10/02 New Board, from 6/02
2002-03 Graham Heathcote, from 14/10/02 to 14/9/10 Dalton Steele, from 23/10/02 to 29/11/03 & from mid-May 2004 to December 2007. Graham Barrow from 5 January 2008 to 8 July 2009. Ken McKenna from 9 July 2009 to 14/9/10. Geoff Goodwin, from July 2002 to 13/9/10
2010-11 Ken McKenna, Acting Manager from 14/9/10; confirmed 14/10/10, to 8/5/11 Stuart Bimson, from 14/10/10 to 8/5/11 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2011-16 Lee Sinnott, Manager from 23/5/11 to 9/3/16 Neil Tolson, from 1/6/11 to 30/4/16 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2016 Neil Tolson, Caretaker Manager from 9/3/16 Matt Doughty, from 9/3/16 to 30/4/16 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2016 Neil Young, Manager from 1/5/16 to 28/8/16 Gary Jones, from 1/5/16 to 28/8/16 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2016 Shaun Densmore, Alan Goodall, Jake Moult, Caretaker Player/Managers from 28/8/16 to 6/9/16   Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2016 Jim Harvey, Manager from 6/9/16 to 6/12/16 Matt Doughty Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2016 Matt Doughty, Manager from 6/12/16 to 24/4/17 Robbie Lawton, initally with additional assistance from Graham Heathcote Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2017 Matt Doughty, Manager from 6/12/16 to 24/4/17 Robbie Lawton, with player-coach Gary Jones from 1/4/17 to 24/4/17 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2017 Shaun Densmore & Jake Moult, Acting player-managers from 24/4/17 to 28/4/17   Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10
2017 Phil Parkinson, Manager from 28/4/17 Neil Sorvel, from 28/4/17 Grahame Rowley, from 13/9/10

A fuller list of managers is here.


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