Rowan Vine and Shane Hollamby announced as the new management pairing
Post by KOB - 20-01-2023, 16:00
20 January 2023
Rowan Vine announced as the new manager alongside assistant Shane Hollamby at Hartley Wintney FC
Hartley Wintney FC have announced the appointment of Rowan Vine as First Team Manager following the departure of Ian Selley and assistant, Mick Bennett, this week. Vine will be partnered in the dugout by Shane Hollamby as Assistant First Team Manager.
Basingstoke-born Rowan Vine (40), pictured on the right, joined the Row as a player in October 2017 and made a huge impact on the side, but more will know him from his time in the professional game in England and Scotland, where he played for clubs including Portsmouth, Brentford, QPR, Colchester United and St Johnstone. His goals and assists helped Luton Town to the League One title in 2004-05 before he signed for Birmingham City in 06-07, the season of their promotion to the Premiership.
In early March 2018, Vine left the Row to become a member of a management team that took the helm at one of his former clubs, Gosport Borough, who were bottom of the league at the time. Gosport survived, taking it to the last game of the season after a nail-biting end to their campaign.
Shane Hollamby (35) may not have Vine's footballing pedigree, but he can rightly be considered a Hartley Wintney legend. He joined as a player in 2012-13 with the club adrift at the bottom of the Combined Counties League Premier Division, and was instrumental in the Row incredibly avoiding relegation that season. He went on to play a crucial part in back-to-back CCL Premier Division titles and the Row's promotion to the Southern League.
After a two season spell with their local rivals, 'Holla' rejoined the Row at the start of the curtailed 2019-20 season and has remained with the club as a player. Though an ongoing injury issue has affected his availability in latter years, he has continued to enjoy cameo opportunities to show his class on the pitch.
Vine and Hollamby will take charge of their first game in the league match at home to Beaconsfield Town on Saturday 21st January. Their coaching team will be announced very shortly.
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Photo Credit: Elayne Duddridge
Photo caption: Rowan Vine (right) and Shane Hollamby, Hartley Wintney FC