10:55AM, Monday 01 May 2017
Days after securing the National League South trophy, manager Alan Devonshire has agreed a three year contract extension to stay at York Road.
Devonshire became the first manager to guide the Magpies into the National League on Saturday, after a 3-0 win over Margate confirmed they would go up as champions.
Having already persuaded a number of key players to stay on next season, Devonshire sat down with chairman Peter Griffin to thrash out a deal which should keep him at the club until the 2019/20 season.
Striker Sean Marks also confirmed on Twitter yesterday (Sunday) that he has signed up for the Magpies debut in the National League next season.
Devonshire initially arrived at York Road as joint manager with Martyn Busby in 1996 before taking over the reins in March 1997. He was clearly suited to the hot seat and very quickly won the club’s first silverware in 27 years when the Magpies lifted the Isthmian League Full Members Cup in 1997.
Back to back Berks & Bucks Senior Cup final wins followed before the club secured promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division in 2000.
Devonshire managed the Magpies to two further Berks & Bucks Senior Cup wins before stepping down in 2003, feeling he’d taken the club as far as he could.
Away from York Road he went on to achieve success with Hampton & Richmond Borough and Braintree Town before returning to Maidenhead in 2014, claiming he had ‘unfinished business’.
A run to the first round of the FA Cup, and a sell-out replay against League 1 Port Vale, followed in front of the BT Sport cameras at York Road – earning the Magpies a decent pay day – and the seventh place finish last season was the second best in the club’s history.
The target this year was to go one better – and to get into the play-offs – but Devonshire defied all predictions, and many doubters, to take the club into the National League as champions.
Steve Jinman, a club director, said: “This season, having hit the top of the table at the end of August, Alan's team barely looked back as they moved steadily to the championship, accruing 98 points in front of four figure crowds.
“Everyone at the club is absolutely delighted that Alan will be at the helm as we embark on our first ever Vanarama National League season in August.”
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