Stephen Kirkham
Stephen Kirkham

It was all change at Newark Flowserve FC on Tuesday evening as Stephen Kirkham returned to the Notts Senior League Premier Division club as joint manager.

Kirkham, who resigned as manager on amicable terms in January to take charge of East Midlands Counties League Greenwood Meadows, said: “Flowserve is an ambitious club and their plans for Step Six football match mine.

“Knowing the club and the people who run it was a huge factor in my decision. I am happy to be back.”

Kirkham, who will work alongside fellow joint manager Craig Roche, rescued Flowserve from relegation in 2016 on the final day of the season after coming in and winning 25 points from 16 matches.

Roche said: “Hopefully between the two of us we can get the club towards the top of the table. Promotion is the target.

“What Stephen did last time was a massive achievement. There is more quality at the club now.”

Kirkham, who had since left Greenwood, said: “I have known Craig for a long time and I am looking forward to working with him and trying to move the club forward.”

The duo’s first move was to appoint Danny Purves as first-team/club coach.

It was revealed after a 3-2 friendly defeat to Shirebrook Town on Tuesday, when Flowserve matched their opponents from a higher level, that joint manager Steven Venables, who returned for a second spell in charge in January, had left the club.

The club tweeted its thanks for his efforts.