Bath City Football Club have appointed Jerry Gill as their new manager following the shock departure of Gary Owers.

The former City player, who gained promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham City as a player, was announced by the board after a lengthy recruitment process.

City’s board considered “a number of high calibre candidates” before choosing Gill, who has coached the Under-18s and Under-23s at Norwich and Under-18s at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Chairman Nick Blofeld said: “We’re really excited to have Jerry join us as our new Manager.

“He’s a very talented coach who has worked with some of the best managers and young players in the country, and is well thought of throughout the game.

“Now is the right time for him to step up to first team management with our strong, experienced squad.

“We’re really looking forward to him joining us and building on our strong league position.”

Gill enjoyed a highly successful playing career, including over 200 appearances for Bath City and 56 at Yeovil Town before he made the step up to at Birmingham City.

He went on to play at Northampton Town, Forest Green Rovers and 209 appearances for Cheltenham Town. including another successful promotion campaign.

The new Romans manager said: “I’m delighted to re-join Bath City as manager.

“The club have always had a big place in my heart and it’s great to get the chance to manage the team here.

“I’m confident that I can use my knowledge and experience to help develop the team and will also look to strengthen the squad a little and build on the firm foundations that already exist here.”

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