DAVE Shaw has been installed as manager at Hillsfield – and has immediately made a mouth-watering signing by capturing ex-Norton United striker Dan Brown.
Shaw, 36, plundered 54 goals in two spells at Rocester and begins his first managerial stint after Mark Kavanagh’s dismissal – which came in the aftermath of a crushing 5-1 defeat against Causeway United last weekend.
“I’m delighted – really happy,” said Shaw. “I have already been busy trying to get a few players in.
“But I will give everyone a chance. You can’t come in and have a clean sweep.
“If the players stake a claim for their shirt then I will only go looking for one or two.”
The former Kidsgrove Athletic and Leek Town striker will take a backseat for tomorrow’s home clash against Loughborough Dynamo, kick-off 3pm.
Anthony Jones, who agreed to remain as assistant manager after Kavanagh’s exit, will take charge.
Shaw said: “I’ve been talking to (Rocester captain) Carl Allen over the last couple of days.
“Other than that I don’t really know a lot about the players.
“I will take a bit of a backseat on Saturday, but obviously I’ll have my say.”
That say will include giving Brown minutes on the pitch.
Brown, 29, has nine goals in just 12 appearances for North West Counties League Premier Division high-flyers Norton United this season.
The prolific striker’s former clubs also include Stone Dominoes.
“He’s a top striker,” said Shaw. “He’s going to get us goals.”
The new Romans boss has also brought in younger brother Liam Shaw, who has led the line for Staffordshire Senior League outfit Wolstanton United this season.
“I want the two new lads to get a taste of football on Saturday,” said Shaw.
Rocester have scored just three goals in their last 10 Midland Alliance games, and have not tasted victory since beating Continental Star back in August.
But Shaw will not be donning his own boots for the Romans.
“I’ve always said once I went into management I wouldn’t play,” he said.
“I don’t think I could play regularly at this level – my knees are knacked now.”
Rocester fans will remember the pivotal role Shaw played when the Romans lifted the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 2008.
The striker opened the scoring in the Vale Park final against Kidsgrove Athletic, with Rocester going on to beat their higher league opponents 3-0.
And Shaw wants to recapture the feel good factor Rocester enjoyed in that season under former boss Steve Swanwick.
He said: “I want to get a good atmosphere in the dressing room.
“I want the lads to enjoy their football. That’s what we had when we won the Senior Cup.
“We had lads who stuck by each another on and off the pitch.”
Shaw, who made 100 appearances for the Romans, joined Rocester from Leek Town in November 2006.
He left Hillsfield to rejoin Kidsgrove Athletic in June 2008, but returned for two more brief spells – the last of which came in 2010 under Dave Langston’s management.