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Shutts steps down due to increased work commitments

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Shutts steps down due to increased work commitments

Goalkeeper coach Steve Shuttleworth has made what he says is “an incredibly hard decision” in leaving Matlock Town after four years in the role.

The popular Shuttleworth who went about his business with quiet efficiency has often been the rock behind the scenes in a challenging period at the club which has seen him serve four managers and been temporary joint manager himself.

Joining the Gladiators when previous incumbent Adam Sollitt left to join Alfreton Town in August 2019, he can look back on a job well done.

“It’s been an incredibly hard decision, one that has needed an awful lot of thought. Its down to work and family commitments. My children are growing up now and my job’s changed meaning that I have to give that more time. I wouldn’t be able to make training on Thursday nights so I couldn’t commit fully and for me it’s all or nothing. It would be too much for me if I stayed so I’m gutted to have to make this really tough decision.”

Shuttleworth’s regard for the club oozed out as he looked back on his time at the Proctor Cars Stadium.

“I’ve had four great years at the club, it’s been very challenging at times with some highs and lows but as a club we’ve always stuck together and pulled through. I’m very proud of everyone associated with this club and I’d like to thank the Chairman and the board for their support and help in the last four years. Also a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain and improve the facilities. They’re always a credit to the club. I’ve always had the utmost respect for the managers, staff and players I’ve had the privilege to work with. I’ve met some great people and I wish Martin, Wayne, the staff and players the very best for the coming season.”

Shuttleworth’s tenure with the Gladiators was capped by him being named as Club Person Of the Year at the Gladiators Presentation Evening last month. Always approachable, Shuttleworth established a bond with the Matlock fan base.

“Our fans deserve a special mention” he added. “They’ve been fantastic with me from day one and have continuously supported me. I’ve met some incredible people and will never forget the place.”

The Gladiators say that the door will remain open for Shuttleworth to possibly return in some capacity in the future.

“I’m sure Shutts might get itchy feet further down the line and we’ll look at that should it happen” said manager Martin Carruthers.

“It’s really disappointing to lose someone of his calibre, particularly with pre season just a week away but I fully respect his decision with his increased work and family commitments. Shutts is Matlock Town through and through, it’s a tough one for us to take but we move on. I’d like to thank Shutts for all he’s done for the club and wish him all the best for the future.”

The final word goes to Shuttleworth himself.

“I hope I’ll get the privilege to work for the club in the future. I’m sure I’ll be down as a supporter during the course of the season, the club’s in a good place and I’m looking forward to seeing how we progress, Thanks for everything!”

Ian Richardson