Fri, 29. Sep. 2017

Shawie Returns with Roms in his sights

Mark Shaw has made a surprise return to Sheffield FC, writes the Star's Paul Webster, to take the reins on a caretaker basis for the crunch game at fellow strugglers Romulus this weekend.

It comes after Mark Hume decided to step down as manager, following the 3-0 defeat at Leek Town on Tuesday evening. It was Club’s fifth loss on the spin which left them third from bottom of Division One South, and above tomorrow's hosts Romulus on goal-difference only.

Shaw was delighted to be back at the club that he took to the play-offs in 2011/12, only to be shown the door, following the 7-0 semi-final defeat against Ilkseton.

“It came out of the blue a little bit really, but I’m absolutely delighted to be back at a club that I hold very dearly in my heart,” said Shaw. “Not being involved in management at the moment, and with my availability meant I can help them through this transition process.

“I’m really pleased to be back in the game. Although I’ve initially come in as caretaker for the foreseeable future. I’m desperate to do well and would love to stay here much longer as I feel I’ve got unfinished business. This is a unique club that has a proud history with many different prospects.”

Shaw is looking forward to his first game in charge at Romulus this weekend and knows it’s important they halt the losing habit as quickly as possible. “We need to turn the tide in terms of results more than performances at the moment,” he said. “Saturday is a big game for us, and one where we want to come away with the three-points to show this club shouldn’t be where it is.”

Romulus go into the game second from bottom and trail Club on goal-difference only.   

Shaw will be assisted in the dugout by Chris Dolby and senior player Matt Roney.

Meanwhile, Hume explained his decision to stand down, “For several reasons, things just haven’t worked out as I’d expected. So, for the benefit of the club, for which I have a real feeling for, it is time for a change of manager. Everyone at the club has been really helpful and welcoming and I shall miss it.”

Hume had been in charge for just 13 matches in league since replacing James Colliver in the summer and leaves having overseen four draws and just the one victory, which came in a 3-2 win against Peterborough Sports at the beginning of the month.

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