Darnell excited by ‘new era’ for Doughboys

Jon Mitchell will be at the helm for Wellingborough Town next season as they begin a new era under joint-chairmen Mark Darnell and Darren Wingrove

Jon Mitchell will be at the helm for Wellingborough Town next season as they begin a new era under joint-chairmen Mark Darnell and Darren Wingrove

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Mark Darnell is looking forward to a “new era” for Wellingborough Town.

The former Rushden & Diamonds managing director was appointed the Doughboys’ new joint-chairman alongside Darren Wingrove following the resignation of previous chairman Martin Potton last week.

Wellingborough are preparing for another season in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division after they secured their place in it in the final week of the last campaign following a battle to avoid the drop.

Darnell says he wants to help bring the club “out of the doldrums”.

But he insists a tough job is in front of him at the Dog & Duck.

“The main aims are to stabilise the club and then try to do better than last season on the pitch after we only secured our status at the very end of the season,” the joint-chairman said.

“It’s a difficult job, even with the groundshare deal with AFC Rushden & Diamonds and, to be honest, without that we probably wouldn’t have survived to this point.

“Wellingborough is a big town but trying to get people to come and watch a football match is difficult.

“But we are hoping to improve the number of events we can put on away from football. We want to bring the club out of the doldrums.

“I have been involved for around four years, just in an advisory role but I am not looking for a full-time role because I have my own business to run. And Darren is in the same situation.

“But I am excited about it. I want the club to do well and we have a small but dedicated committee who are trying to improve things.

“We have a new clubhouse after the devastating fire that caused so much damage and we have to make sure we utilise that.

“We are looking forward to a new era for the club.”

Darnell, meanwhile, has given his full backing to manager Jon Mitchell and his assistant Stuart Goosey, who guided the club to safety in the second half of last season.

“They did well for us when they came in last season,” Darnell added.

“They have both played for the club in the past, they are dedicated to it and they are both willing to help with fundraising away from the pitch, which isn’t typical for a management team.

“It will be hard in an ever-improving division that seems to have more clubs throwing more money at it in every season.

“We will have a very limited budget but we want to do better than last season and, first a foremost, football remains a results business.”