Vanarama National League North club Altrincham have announced the appointment of Jim Harvey as their new manager.

Harvey, who won the FA Trophy with FC Halifax Town last season will begin his time with the Cheshire club at Gloucester City on Saturday.

‘We had a high-calibre field of applicants for the job, which again shows the stature the club has in the eyes of a lot of people,’ said chairman Grahame Rowley.

‘In the end, after due diligence and a lot of discussion, the board felt that Jim was the number one candidate.

‘With his experience in this league, we felt he was the ideal choice to steady the ship and take us forward.

He presented a long-term plan, full of good, positive ideas for progressing the club, and we are looking forward to seeing them put into practice. I would like to thank everyone who applied for the job and wish them well in their future careers.’

Harvey was appointed as FC Halifax Town’s caretaker manager following the departure of altyNeil Aspin and almost led the club to safety in the National League after a brave battle against relegation.

That succumbed to the drop on the final day of the 2015/16 season, as a 3-0 defeat at Braintree Town condemned them to life in non-league’s second tier.

Just a week later the Shaymen managed to put relegation behind them and pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Grimsby Town to win the FA Trophy for the first time in their history.

Just days after that historic day at Wembley the Shaymen allowed Harvey to leave the club and appointed North Ferriby United boss Billy Heath as their new manager.

Harvey can now look forward to life back in the dugout with Altrincham and he revealed he was “ready for the challenge”.

‘I’m absolutely delighted to be taking the job at Altrincham. The team are at the wrong end of the table at the moment, but we will be aiming to remedy that as quickly as possible.

‘There is a good job in hand here, and I am really looking forward to cracking on with it. A job needs doing, but that suits me fine. I’m up for it and ready for the challenge”

Altrincham confirmed that caretaker trio Jake Moult, Shaun Densmore and Alan Goodall will remain in charge for their fixture against Chorley at The J.Davidson Stadium in Tuesday night

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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