Guiseley have announced that Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill will form their new management team.

Photo: Guiseley AFC

The club, recently relegated from the Vanarama National League, will be reverting to a part-time model, and new chairman Gary Douglas has outlined the reasoning behind their management choice to the club’s website:

“We have been a long term admirer of the work Russ did at Alfreton Town along with Nicky Law in gaining promotion to the Premier Division and to the brink of League football at their peak. The ability of Russ to identify potential and work with them to improve their game and turn them into an integral part of a team will be invaluable to us, as it was at Alfreton Town.

“The fact that he was at the club for ten years, we feel, says everything not only about the great job he did but also about his loyalty and character as an individual. Since leaving Alfreton, Russ has been working for Burnley FC in recruitment and has turned down the opportunity to go back into management on several occasions so we feel fortunate to have him as part of our new management team.

“Marcus did a similar job at Solihull Moors, gaining promotion from the North to the Premier and in turn attracting the attention of Grimsby Town.”

Bignot will be managing in the same National League North division as Chester FC, the side he was in charge of for much of this season as the Blues struggled through huge off-field problems on their way to eventual relegation.

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