New Runcorn Linnets boss Michael Ellison has announced the appointment of Matt Cross as his new Assistant Manager.

He succeeds Stuart Humphreys, who resigned on Tuesday after three and a half years in Runcorn Linnetsthe post.

Matt originally signed as a player for the Linnets in December 2012, and he scored nine goals in 97 appearances, including a legendary over-head kick at Barnoldswick in 2013.

The spectacular strike went viral on YouTube and earned him the club’s Goal of the Season award.

Ellison said: “Crossy brings with him a wealth of experience, and a great knowledge of teams and players, particularly on the Manchester side of the North West, and I’m delighted he’s agreed to join me as my assistant.”

The new assistant, also a set-piece specialist, had most recently been with Padiham, playing against the Linnets in last season’s final game as Runcorn again narrowly missed out on promotion from the North West Counties League to Evostik League Division One.

Matt started his career in the Football League at a young age playing for Barnsley and Hereford United before moving over to Bangor City to play in the Welsh League.

He gained Northern Premier (Evostik) League experience with Trafford, Bamber Bridge, Salford City and Warrington Town and won the First Division North with Witton Albion in the 2011/2012 season.


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