Non-League bosses have lots to of­fer

The Foot­ball League Pa­per

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NON-LEAGUE man­agers are of­ten over­looked when Foot­ball League va­can­cies crop up, so it’s good to see Neil Aspin (see story right) get his chance at Port Vale. But, as he points out him­self, it’s largely be­cause he’s a for­mer Port Vale player that he’s been given his chance in the League.

Yet there is a strong ar­gu­ment that Non­League bosses de­serve more op­por­tu­ni­ties. They have done their ap­pren­tice­ship lower down the lad­der, got their hands dirty and know what it’s like to work with, at times, lim­ited re­sources.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween League Two and the Na­tional League is just one di­vi­sion, but you could some­times be for­given for think­ing that it’s a dif­fer­ent planet.

In­stead of see­ing the pos­i­tives of tak­ing a man­ager from that level and giv­ing him a chance, it can be seen as more of a stigma – ‘he’s a Non-League man­ager so he can’t be any good’.

It of­ten ap­pears the only way a Non-League boss can be­come an EFL man­ager is by win­ning pro­mo­tion into it.

EFL club own­ers and chair­men need to have an open mind as to what a so-called ‘lesser’ man­ager could do for them. Just be­cause a man­ager doesn’t have a ‘name’ or big rep­u­ta­tion, it doesn’t mean they aren’t up to scratch.

At times, EFL clubs seem to just pick from the same set of man­agers who are on the merry-go-round, re­gard­less of whether they have been suc­cess­ful or not.

At present, Sh­effield United’s Chris Wilder is a prime ex­am­ple of a man­ager who has worked his way up through the di­vi­sions from Non-League.

His stock has risen through the roof on his jour­ney to Sh­effield United via Al­fre­ton, Hal­i­fax, Ox­ford and Northamp­ton.

Aspin now has his chance and Non-League bosses will be hop­ing he does the busi­ness to show the tal­ent avail­able be­low the top 92.

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