Rob Gorski, chairman of Vanarama Conference North club Stalybridge Celtic, has announced the appointment of Liam Watson as their new manager.
Watson has signed a deal that will see him stay at the club until April 2017.
Watson has an excellent record at Conference North level. He has won the title three times with Southport (twice) and AFC Telford United, and he has won the Northern Premier League with Burscough.
He was also named Non-League Manager of the Year in 2013 for finishing seventh in the Conference Premier with part-time Southport.
Long-time assistant Dominic Morley will be Watson’s number two, having worked closely together both at Southport and Telford.
Coach Dave Sullivan and captain Scott Kerr will still take control of tomorrow’s vital match against Gloucester City, but Watson and Morley will be sat in the stands observing.
A delighted Gorski said: “Liam was full-time with AFC Telford and was part-time with Southport. Since his departure from AFC Telford, Liam has found himself employment and so our hope is that Sully will continue to coach the players.
“There will be a complete review of the club, from top to bottom, in the close season but Liam’s sole focus is on ensuring survival in the remaining games of the season.
“I thought that it would be hard to top the managers that we have employed in the past eight years, but, we have and I cannot hide my excitement! Liam’s records speak for itself and I am absolutely thrilled that he and Dom have joined us. Task number 1 is to ensure safety this season and then we prepare for next season.
“It is exactly the lift that everyone at the club needs and I desperately hope that the fans turn out in force and get behind the team, starting with tomorrow’s game against Gloucester.”