First Team Management
Ricky is entering his seventh season as manager of St Ives Town. During his first season he took the club to a ninth place finish in Southern League Division One Central beating the previous year’s points tally, and in his second season secured a memorable promotion, guiding The Ives to a play-off extra time win over AFC Rushden & Diamonds. In his first season at step 3 he continued to take the Club forward finishing a creditable 15th in the Premier Division also enjoying a run to the League Challenge Cup Final which unfortunately ended in defeat. A tough season in 2017/18 was followed in 2018/19 by the Clubs most successful season ever finishing 13th. He is now looking to continue taking the Club forward with a top half finish the minimum aim.
Mitchell joined the Club in summer following spells managing sides in United Counties League. He started his coaching career in 2015/16 managing Kettering Town’s Under 21’s. He took the nucleus of this squad on into the United Counties League with him where he enjoyed success with Bugbrooke St Michaels before returning to the Poppies in 2017/18 as first team assistant to Marcus Law when the side enjoyed a fantastic season reaching the play off semi finals before losing to eventual play off winners Slough Town. He then returned to the United Counties League where enjoyed success on limited resources with both Northampton Sileby Rangers, and Rothwell Corinthians.
Ex professional Gary who played as a midfielder has had successful spells at Rushden & Diamonds, Crawley Town, Kettering Town, Stevenage Borough, Mansfield Town and Lincoln City. Gary’s achievements as a player include winning the FA Trophy and league winners medals from the Conference North, Conference Premier and the Football League third division.
Gary then made the step into management as assistant manager at Wrexham followed by a spell in a similar role at King’s Lynn Town before taking up the position as manager at Rugby Town and Corby Town.
Mills, a UEFA A licence coach has most recently been working at Northampton Town FC within their academy set up as the lead coach at under 16 level. His success over the past few seasons of developing talent at that age group has been second to none with excellent progression numbers into the scholarship phase as well as winning the EFL youth alliance South East division in 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
Jim was part of the coaching staff at Kettering Town and Bugbrooke St Michael with Mitchell Austin and has rejoined the new assistant manager at Westwood Road. A former Nottingham Forest YTS player Jim moved to non league with Bridgnorth and Solihull Borough before a two year stint in the Gambian Premier Division.
Paul is an important part of the coaching staff looking after the goalkeepers throughout the Club. He has worked with Ricky at both Huntingdon & St Ives and was proud to boast the joint top best clean sheet record during the successful promotion campaign. His keeper also went very close to equaling that record during 2018/19 season conceding only 43 goals in 42 games a record only bettered by the top three.
Jess joined the Club in 2017 and quickly become an integral part of the management team. She brings to the Club a wealth of experience having previously worked with Peterborough United, St Neots Town and Godmanchester Rovers as well as Cambridge United Academy.