Haverhill Rovers elevate Ali Shulver to manager’s position

editorial image

Haverhill Rovers have promoted Ali Shulver to first team manager for the remainder of the season.

Peter Betts stepped down from the post, which he had held since 2008, before the 2-0 win at Kirkley and Pakefield United on November 3.

He vowed to stay on as interim manager until a new coach was appointed.

Interviews were due to take place on the week beginning December 3, with Betts saying there were a number of strong contenders among the applicants.

Now, however, the committee has reversed that decision and elevated Shulver to the role, overlooking applicants and HSA’s successful manager Ben Cowling until the end of the campaign.

A statement from the club’s committee read: “After reviewing all applicants and discussing at length the vacant role of first manager, Haverhill Rovers Football committee has decided to appoint Mr Ali Shulver as an interim caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.

“With the first team enjoying a fine run of form, it was felt that a mid season appointment could prove disruptive, and unsettle the current first team squad.

“The committee also noted that on the occasions when Mr Shulver had taken charge this season the first team players had performed well, thus negating the need for a rushed appointment.

“Mr Shulver has worked within the youth system of Haverhill Rovers for a number of years to great success, managing at Eastern Junior Alliance level and producing a number of players who are now playing at professional academies.

“He is also the joint manager of the Cambridgeshire county schools U15 side team.

“Pete Betts will continue to work behind the scenes in an advisory role and will still join Ali and the team occasionally in the Rovers dressing room and dugout.

“The committee still intend to appoint a new manager for the first team for the 2013/2014 season, and have made contact with all interested parties who applied for the position, informing them of the postponement of the interview process.

“Applications for the permanent manager’s position will be sought once again in the New Year, with the committee intending to appoint by the end of the current season to enable the new post holder to have a full pre-season to assemble their new squad.”

Rovers next play on Saturday (December 1) against Woodbridge Town in the Thurlow Nunn Premier League (3pm kick off).

For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (November 29) Echo.