First Team Manager Job Role

First Team Manager Job Specification

All the details on the vacant First Team Manager role at Spennymoor Town FC.

T H E    C L U B

Spennymoor Town FC is now an established National League North club after a rapid ascension through the ranks of English non-league football.

A famous FA Vase win in 2013 preceded domination of the Northern League and three stunning promotions in four years, reaching what is now the highest level of football in the club’s history.

The Moors’ off-field set up has progressed just as swiftly.  Over its four seasons in the National League North, Spennymoor Town’s infrastructure has developed to an extent that it is now unrecognisable from the previous Northern League set-up.

A complete stadium and facilities overhaul has elevated The Brewery Field to the brink of Football League standard, featuring an immaculate new playing surface; a new stand; a two-tier sports bar with panoramic views; and two fan zones to name just a few of its new features.

This has delivered a matchday experience to rival anything in non-league football and has attracted high-profile events such as Phil Neville’s England Lionesses first team using the ground as a training base; the Austrian international men’s team using it for training; a world-first non-heading match experiment; and an international schoolboys’ fixture.

Four years of development has been delivered under the leadership of the club’s first ever Managing Director, Tony Wilson.  Wilson installed a new management structure for the club’s off-the-pitch team and has overseen record levels of commercial sponsorship, matchday revenue, season ticket sales and attendances.  This has been delivered via the club’s unique business model, which has cemented STFC’s position as a club of the future.

Moors’ growing fan base has seen the current average attendance exceeding 1,500 per match.  Coupled with a thriving community academy and exceptional links with North East business, the club is perfectly poised to take the next step.

That step is promotion, as outlined within the club’s long-term strategy.  Within five years, the club is targeting two promotions, which would make Spennymoor Town FC a member of the English Football League for the first time.

T H E   R O L E

The First Team Manager role at Spennymoor Town is a coveted position.  With the support of an excellent coaching and management team and a football-literate owner, the club’s on and off-the-field functions operate seamlessly to deliver results on the pitch.

The First Team Manager position at STFC is full-time.

It has full autonomy over footballing matters and reports to the Managing Director, with the support of a Head Of Football in recruitment.

There is a very clear objective for the role holder: promotion to the National League.


  • Full control of all footballing matters, including training and recruitment
  • To develop a successful style of play for the First Team, capable of delivering the required results
  • To liaise where appropriate with the Academy Manager to facilitate development and experiential opportunities for the club’s Academy players
  • To liaise with the Academy Manager to set a strategy for an “elite” STFC academy squad and take responsibility for agreed development areas for this squad
  • To deliver the club’s First Team footballing objectives long term
  • To be the link between the footballing and non-footballing functions of Spennymoor Town, allowing the club to support the squad wherever needed and vice versa
  • Attendance at club events where required, whether community-based or club-based
  • Opposition scouting, research and match preparation
  • Performance analysis

R E Q U I R E D   S K I L L S   A N D   E X P E R I E N C E

  • Exceptional man management skills, capable of inspiring, directing and motivating a part-time squad of players
  • A track record of success at the highest level of semi-professional football in England
  • UEFA “A” or “B” coaching license required
  • A detailed knowledge of non-league football clubs and personnel

A P P L I C A T I O N    D E T A I L S

We are expecting high levels of interest in this role and, as such, will be closing applications at 5PM on Thursday 9th December 2021.

All applications should be sent via email to Jason Ainsley, Head of Football, using the button below.

Please enclose a short covering letter summarising why you think you would be suitable for the position and your CV.

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