Chester have confirmed the appointment of George Delves as General Manager, a post vacated by Tony Allan last September.
Delves, 35, will take up his post with the Blues on 1st May. He joins from Tamworth, where he has been employed since 2015 as General Manager and latterly Chief Operating Officer, a role that involved overseeing vision, strategy and operations across the full breadth of the club.
Prior to Tamworth, he worked on a full-time basis in the academies of both Sheffield United and Derby County between 2009 and 2015, and also spent time in a part-time community-based role with Leicester City from 2006 to 2009.
Speaking exclusively to ChesterFC.com, Delves said: “I am delighted to be moving to Chester FC.
“The club has massive potential both on and off the pitch, and my role will be to work alongside the Directors, First Team Management, Academy Staff, and Volunteer Groups to help achieve this potential in all areas.
“Over the past couple of seasons, I helped to relaunch our charitable foundation ‘Tamworth In The Community’ so I have a good understanding of how important it is for clubs to have effective community links. Working within a fan-owned model makes this essential as we aim for success in 2019/20 and beyond.”
He continued: “We first started discussing this project late in December, and I agreed to join in February.
“Whilst it would have been great for both parties to get started straight away, it would have shown a lack of respect from myself to everyone at Tamworth to leave mid-season. However, I’m now really looking forward to moving to the area and getting going in two weeks’ time.”
Chester FC and City Fans United Director Andrew Morris, who led the recruitment process for the position alongside fellow Directors, stated: “We are delighted to have George on board.
“The process has taken longer than we had hoped, but it was important that we got the right candidate with a suitable football pedigree to support day to day operations within the club.
“George comes with an excellent reputation in the industry, and it is a pleasure to welcome him aboard.”