Chelmsford City have appointed Robbie Simpson as their new manager following a spell in caretaker charge.

Simpson, who joined the Clarets as a player in August 2019, stepped into the breach after the sacking of Rod Stringer in late-January. The 34-year-old forward enjoyed a Football League career with the likes of Coventry City, Oldham Athletic and Huddersfield Town.

On the ex-Cambridge United man’s appointment, chairman Steve Shore said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce Robbie as our new permanent manager. I have spoken to many worthy candidates over the last few weeks, and as I wrote in last week’s programme notes, the search has been an exhaustive one, with a focus on finding someone who shares our vision.

“I believe Robbie is that manager. Robbie and the team have delivered fantastic performances over the last few games and I hope everyone can get behind them as we fight to make the play-offs this season, as well as build a strong base for next.“

Simpson, who has asked Steve Pitt to return to the club as head of football operations, added: “I feel very proud to be appointed as the new manager. I think this club has fantastic potential and I am really looking forward to playing my part in the next phase of the journey towards being a truly successful ‘community’ club.

“I’m very passionate about the academy and I want to continue giving youngsters a chance.”

The Clarets are currently six points outside the play-off places in the Vanarama National League South.

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