Vanarama National League North club Stalybridge Celtic have confirmed the appointment of Steve Burr as their new manager, just a week after he left Southport.

Burr returns to the Bower Fold dugout after a three year spell in charge of the club between 2007 and 2010 and replaces outgoing management team Paul Phillips and Steve Halford.

Chairman Rob Gorski confirmed that the duo’s contracts had been terminated and expressed his thanks for their work during their spell at the club.

He said “I would like to put on record my thanks to both Steve and Paul. They had the toughest of times in that a lot of the previous squad went on to play 2 leagues below, yet they did a brilliant job of upgrading the quality of the squad. They also had the worst list of injuries in many a year and still managed to increase the attractiveness of the football and the commitment of the players.

They go with our very best wishes and the board them every success in their future careers”

In Burr’s previous spell at Celtic he led the club to the Conference North play-off final in 2008, before losing to Barrow at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

After leaving Celtic he went on to manage Kidderminster Harriers and again he experienced play-off heartache, losing out to Wrexham in the Conference Premier play-off semi-finals in 2012.

Burr left the Harriers in January 2014 and within weeks was appointed as new manager of Chester.

A two-year stay at the Deva Stadium ended in April 2016.

Southport was his next port of call, when he was appointed as Sandgrounders boss in September last year, although his reign lasted only four months.

Burr was sacked by Southport last week and Stalybridge Celtic have moved quickly to secure his services, confirming his appointment on Wednesday morning.

Of his appointment Burr told the club’s website “I can’t wait to get started and try to keep us up. Long term, the aim is to start winning matches and get back to pushing for honours. Hard work, determination and everyone pushing in the same direction will bring us success.

I very much look forward to working back at a club that I have very fond memories of”.

Club chairman Gorski said “I’m absolutely thrilled that we have secured Steve’s services. He is a Conference Premier manager and it’s only his love of Celtic that brought him back here. Our objective short term is to very much stay in this league. We have some very winnable games in the next 6 to 8 matches.

If we do go down, then we will be giving Steve the budget to get us back up at the first time of asking. We are not prepared to go backwards. We have some fabulous longer term plans that we are working on, but in the short term, we need to either remain in this league, or return immediately next season.”

Celtic currently sit second from bottom in the Vanarama National League North table, twelve points from safety.

Burr’s first game back in the Bower Fold dugout will come next Tuesday night when they host Salford City in the Manchester County FA Premier Cup semi-final, with the two sides meeting four days later at Salford’s Moor Lane home in the league.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Images: Reuters Media

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