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Wakefield AFC appoint ex-Yeovil, Doncaster, Oldham, Bury player as manager

Wakefield AFC have this week confirmed that they appoint ex-Yeovil, Doncaster, Oldham and Bury player Adam Lockwood as their new manager.

Lockwood was born and raised in Wakefield and enjoyed an accomplished footballing career with nearly 400 professional appearances, predominently with the Glovers and Rovers, before moving into coaching in 2016 with National League North side, Guiseley AFC.

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Lockwood told their official website: “I’m delighted to be part of the club and it’s an exciting time to be building foundations for the club to grow into something we as a city can be proud of and call our own.

“There is a tremendous amount of work to be done and it’s exciting to think of the potential to unite the city and surrounding areas of all age groups. We will be looking to create an environment where players have the opportunity to grow and enjoy been part of what should be an interesting journey the club has in front of it.

“The opportunity to become part of my home city club is great for me. The team and I will be doing our upmost to create a platform for local talent to progress and showcase themselves and form a relationship with everyone that has a connection to the club and throughout the community to achieve our goals as one.”

Former First Team Manager, Chris Turner, will step up to become the Director of Football, supporting Lockwood with coaching, training and recruiting, but also concentrating on the non league club as a whole.

Turner added: “Mike and I discussed the future of the club at the end of our first season. We both felt that my experience and knowledge will be best utilised in recruiting investors, commercial partners and generally promoting the club here in the UK and to the greater wider world.

My position of Director of Football incaptures all of that, plus I will still be involved on the football side too aiding players and staff with my experience.

It gives me great pleasure in welcoming Adam Lockwood to the club as First Team Manager. He has had a great playing career with various clubs in the EFL, most notably Yeovil and Doncaster Rovers. We are delighted he has agreed to take on the position of First Team Manager with us and we wish him every success.“

1999–2001 – Reading
2000 → Maidenhead United (loan)
2001 → Forest Green Rovers (loan) – 10 games (1 goal)
2001 → Yeovil Town (loan) – 6 games (0 goals)
2001–2006 – Yeovil Town – 138 games (7 goals)
2005–2006 → Torquay United (loan) – 9 games (3 goals)
2006–2012 – Doncaster Rovers – 151 games (8 goals)
2012–2013 – Bury – 18 games (1 goal)
2013–2014 – Guiseley – 6 games (0 goals)
2014–2015 – Oldham Athletic – 31 games (2 goals)
2015–2017 – Guiseley – 28 games (0 goal)
Total – 397 games (22 goals)

2016–2017 –  Guiseley – (52 games, 15 won, 15 drew, 22 lost, 28.8 % won)

Fans reacted after learning that Wakefield AFC appoint the ex-Yeovil, Doncaster, Oldham, Bury player as manager…

Si Boyle: Fantastic news ??. I’m sure he will be well-suited to the role and Chris will be excellent in a position with more of an overview. When you said announcement due I was going to say a) new ground, b) new sponsor or c) new player. Thought it would be cheeky to put new manager lol. Can’t wait to get back to watching the lads play.

Adrian Wilkinson: Absolutely superb appointment. Let’s start climbing that football ladder now.

Wes Hemingway: Wakefield AFC to win the champions league within the next 15 years ?

Matthew Ellison: Brilliant appointment, all the best Locky ??⚽️

Joanne Plater: Fab news for a fabulous bloke well done

Paul Holt: Hope we can start next season

Stuart Oakley: If Locky’s on board there’s guaranteed good times ahead… top boy…

Keiran Guppy: Brilliant news Adam, well done pal

Tosh Bennett: Fantastic appointment

Trevor Swift: Good luck Locky

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