Hallmark Security League Division One club Prestwich Heys began training on Saturday in readiness for the new season which begins on August 12th.
They will do so with a new face on the management team after Jon Lyons appointed Ryan Hutchinson to his backroom team following the departure of Chris Baguley the previous weekend.
The Heys boss moved quickly to secure the services of Hutchinson, who will work alongside Ian Hutchinson in an assistant-manager’s role.
Ryan joins the club from Irlam FC having last season led their under-21 side to a Cheshire FA Under-21 League `treble` of Premier Division title, League Cup and Premier Division Cup.
He started his career at Manchester United as a schoolboy, spending three years there before moving onto Stoke City where he spent three years doing a scholarship and two years as a professional.
After that he had spells at Altrincham, Chorley and Salford City before finishing his playing career at Irlam.
After hanging up his boots he then became manager at Irlam Steel, playing in the Cheshire League, winning the league in his first season whilst going undefeated all year.
The following season he moved back to Irlam FC as coach of the first-team for a couple of seasons before becoming under-21 manager and achieving last season’s successes.
Speaking of his move to Heys, Hutchinson said: “When I received the call from Jon Lyons, a very good friend of mine who I’ve known for at least fifteen years, I didn’t have to think twice about joining Heys.
“It’s a great club with top, top people involved there and the club is only going in one direction which is forward, so joining Joffy at Heys was a no brainer for me and I can’t wait to get started!
“With all the people involved at Heys, players, manager and committee, our ambition this year has to be promotion.”
Lyons said: ” I am delighted to bring Ryan on board. We have known each other for a long time and he has a great breadth of knowledge and experience across all levels of the game.
“I know he will bring a great deal to the management team and the club as a whole as we look to build and improve on last season and seek promotion.”
Baguley has left Heys for Evo-Stik League North side Glossop North End.
After joining Heys shortly after Christmas, the midfielder was set to join Heys’ management team for the forthcoming season as assistant to Lyons.
However, after receiving an offer from the Hillmen, the 30-year-old, after much soul searching and several chats with Lyons, decided he wished to prolong his playing career at the highest level possible whilst he can.
Lyons said: ” I am obviously disappointed to be losing someone of Chris’ ability and experience both on and off the pitch but I can fully understand his reasons and I speak for everyone at the club in wishing Chris well”.
Heys back in training – picture gallery- https://t.co/es25U4vJP2
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