AFC Blackpool have announced the appointment of Dave Worthington as the new first-team manager as part of a reshuffle at the Hallmark Security League Division One club.
He takes over from Stuart Parker, who has been with the club as a player and then manager for over twenty years, who has stepped down from the position to become the new club chairman.
Former chairman Tommy Baldwin, who has been at the helm of the club for just about as long as Stuart, will become vice-chairman. Last season’s assistant-manager Alan Williams has left the club.
Worthington joins AFC Blackpool after a very successful management career at Blackpool Wren Rovers, winning the West Lancashire League with Wren Rovers as well as a number of cups including in the 2009/10 season Wrens’ first league and cup `double` in forty years.
Speaking about the appointment, Worthington said: “I’ve always wanted to step up to the next level, and I was delighted when I was asked to come in as the new first team manager at AFC.
“Initially I want to get to know the club, the current players and obviously they’ll need to get to know me “.
He also confirmed there will be new players at the club: “There are a few who I am looking to bring in, not drastic changes initially but it would be good to freshen things up a little too.”
The new boss has been working hard on building a squad for the new season, sorting out pre-season friendlies and over the coming weeks he will be assembling his backroom staff.
He has confirmed that he is looking to get the right people in around him to help with coaching, and has already recruited Martin Baird as player-coach this coming season.
He was also quick to praise former manager Stuart Parker: “I am really glad that he is staying involved. He has been a real stalwart of this club for many years. And with him still being around I can tap into his vast knowledge and experience around this league.”
A club statement said: “We would like to thank Stuart for all his hard work and dedication to the Mechanics over the years and we are all happy that he has agreed to take over as the club chairman.
“We will very soon be publishing a comprehensive look back at the Stuart Parker era with input from former players, supporters and staff. There surely can’t be many managers who, having stepped up from playing for a club, then eventually climbed to the top of the ladder as club chairman!
“We would like to thank Alan Williams for all his hard work during the season and wish him well for the future”.