Russell Musker (born 10 July 1962 in Liverpool) is an English former footballer who played for Bristol City, Exeter City, Gillingham, Torquay United and Walsall between 1980 and 1992, making over 180 appearances in the Football League, before embarking on a career in the non-league game with Gloucester City, Saltash United and Taunton Town. . He played just 3 games for Walsall.
He later spent nearly ten years as manager of Taunton Town, leading them to victory in the final of the FA Vase in 2001. He took over as manager of Totnes & Dartington in the South West Peninsula League just prior to the start of the 2008-09 season. He currently manages Stoke Gabriel in the South West Peninsula League Division One East.
Steve Parkin and Richard Ridley stepped down as joint managers last week after a season blighted by horrendous injuries saw the team finish sixth after spending months at the top of the table.
And this morning the Galmpton chairman Stewart Hallam confirmed the appointment of the experienced new management team which he hopes will put the club in a position to push for promotion.
“I want to thank Steve and Richard – in five years we didn’t finish outside the top six,” he said.
“It is sad that they have stepped down but and we hope they might stay involved with the club – but we are looking to move forward now.
“Russell is an ex-Taunton Town manager and someone who has won the FA Vase. We hope they can assemble a team that will go for promotion.”
Ridley, who may remain with the club as a player, told the Herald Express after announcing he and Parkin would be stepping down, said: “Our biggest regret is never winning anything for the club and for the lads that we have had the privilege to manage.
“It’s a hard club to manage as there is more to do than just manage the players themselves, but I feel Steve and I have given Galmpton the best we had to give.
“Year after year we have had every intention of winning, I just wish some of the players had the same commitment as Steve and I.
“Football has changed over the years and I think a lot of people would agree it is not the same as it used to be.
“I feel sad for the players as we have the best bunch of lads with fantastic spirits – they are the reason we have kept going as long as we have.
“But last season was the hardest by far, with horrendous injuries and commitment levels not at the highest, but I would like to say thank you to all of the players and supporters for your support over the years.
“It has been an honour and it’s a fantastic club to have been a part of.”
“I would like to thank the chairman, Stuart Hallam, and Mike Drew, for their support over our years as managers,” he added.