New boss aiming to revive flagging Buxton

Troubleshooter boss Nicky Law is Buxton's new manager. He is used to taking struggling clubs by their bootstraps and reviving their fortunes, as he did at Chesterfield.

He made his presence felt this week by arranging extra training to improve fitness and was assessing the current strength of his squad.

He told the Advertiser: "There's a lot of building to be done, but everyone on the board is looking positive and forward-thinking, like I am, and they want the club to be successful and be back to where it was before.

"If we are going to be successful, the players have a lot of hard work to put in, as have myself and Chris. They have got to have a different mindset, a different approach.

"They know, in no uncertain terms, that if they want to continue being part of this football club going forward, there are certain things they need to aspire to."

The former Chesterfield, Bradford City and Grimsby team boss agreed to join Buxton last Wednesday. He is the club's highest-profile appointment since former West Ham United centre half and Scunthorpe manager Bill Green.

Chesterfield-based Law, 43, managed Chesterfield to promotion from the former Division Three in 2001, not long after the club had big financial problems.

At cash-crisis Bradford City he handled the daunting task of downsizing playing staff following their relegation from the Premiership. By dramatically cutting overheads he helped keep City in existence only to lose his job in 2003.

His most recent managerial experience was a two-month stay last Spring at Grimsby Town, following the departure of Paul Groves.

Nicky has since opted for non-league football. He has assisted at Conference North club Worksop Town whose manager Ronnie Glavin recommended Buxton to him. He turned down offers to manage Newport County and King's Lynn to instead join Buxton.

Having been abroad, Nicky only applied for the post last Bank Holiday Monday and saw the teamagainst Sheffield.

He met the team at an informal get together last Friday and took charge for the Armthorpe match.

One of the best qualified coaches, he gained his EUFA 'B' licence in 1996 followed by his 'A' badge two years later finally achieving his EUFA Diploma only last year.

The new manager's assistant is former footballer and cricketer Chris Marples. A Derbyshire wicket keeper he was also a goalkeeper with Chesterfield and Stockport. He was 'custodian' when Emley played an FA Cup tie at West Ham. He has subsequently managed Ilkeston.

Buxton chairman Tony Tomlinson said: "After the disappointment of the past 12 months I felt this appointment had to show that we would get the club moving again.

"Nicky's record as a proven achiever first as player, then player coach and more recently as manager suggests he has the ability to to just that. We the directors and supporters now have to ensure that we provide the manager with the funds to attract the players he would like to bring to the Silverlands."

The chairman extended his thanks to Wayne Biggins for his role as caretaker manager: "Wayne was in a difficult position after Kenny Johnson and Ronnie Wright left, but he acted with integrity to keep the squad together."