Vanarama National League North club Chorley have handed a new long-term contract to manager Matt Jansen.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace forward has been in charge of the Victory Park club since July 2015, when he replaced former manager Garry Flitcroft.

Jansen had been a player and assistant manager with the Magpies and is currently preparing for his seventh season with the club.

Last season he led Chorley to the Vanarama National League North play-off final, only to see an extra time winner by FC Halifax Town’s Scott Garner take the Shaymen up to non-league’s top tier.

Speaking to the club’s official website he said  “This season is a big one for us and we all know how close we went last time around. Everyone is focussed on picking up where we left off and seeing just where it will take us.

“There have been a lot of changes over the summer off the field that can only be good for the club and it is clear we are building a strong infrastructure which will only take us forward.”

Magpies Chief Executive Dave Riche said: “This is great news for us and something which the directors have been keen to seal. Having such a strong management team in place and respected names in the dugout is a major asset for Chorley Football Club.

This season is vitally important and we are determined to spread the word about the club deep into the community and beyond.

“We have a superb loyal fan base and some excellent sponsors and backers already and we hope to grow that at all levels to take Chorley Football Club to the next level and ultimately beyond.”

Chorley also confirmed that Jansen’s assistants Jamie Vermiglio and Jonathan Smith had also signed new long-term contracts.

The Magpies kick off their National League campaign with an away game at Kidderminster Harriers, the club they beat in last season’s play-off semi finals.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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