Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Phil Parkinson, 40-year-old, former Nantwich Town FC Manager & player and Reaseheath College sports science lecturer, has become Altrincham FC’s first-ever first full-time manager. Neil Sorvel, former Nantwich Town FC Assistant Manager, continues to work with Phil in Altrincham’s first ever full-time management team. They have both signed new three-year contracts with the Club.
Parkinson made over 200 appearances for the Dabbers and captained Nantwich Town FC to FA Vase and Cheshire Senior Cup success as well as promotion from the NW Counties League and Unibond First Division. He was appointed Nantwich Town Manager in February 2015, taking the club to the Evo-Stik Premier play-offs in 2017. He departed in the 2017 close season to take charge at Altrincham FC.
Parkinson and Sorvel were both appointed in 2017 in the aftermath of Altrincham FC’s second consecutive relegation and have overseen a renaissance at the J. Davidson Stadium, securing the Evo-Stik Premier title in their first season and promotion to National League North in 2020.
The Robins currently sit in thirteenth place in non-league’s top tier and are just six points shy of FC Halifax Town, who occupy the sixth and final play-off spot.
Parkinson told the Altrincham FC club website: “Neil and I have always wanted to drive this club forward, and we are really excited to have this opportunity to lead Altrincham into what could be a new era. I’m really pleased. It shows our belief in the club and the club’s belief in us, and that is paramount. It has been exceptionally difficult combining two jobs, and while I would have carried on as before, if things had stayed the same, because I love being Altrincham manager, Neil and I are now better placed to take the club further, because we can devote more time to it. It feels great to be able to call myself a full-time manager, but it comes with a weight of expectation. I am fully aware of that, but I am relishing the challenge. Neil and I want to kick on, and I can only see positives coming from it.”