Runcorn Town have announced the appointment of Chris Herbert as their new First Team Manager.
Chris is a UEFA A qualified coach and joins the club from National League side Chester FC where he was Head of Player Recruitment.
As a player Chris was a prolific striker, having played for Chester City and Vauxhall Motors, as well as spells in Wales with Connah’s Quay Nomads, Airbus and Welshpool. His management roles include Conwy Borough, where he guided the team to runners up in the Huws Gray Alliance and won the Huws Gray Cup, Cefn Druids and Flint Town United.
He takes over from Simon Burton who announced his resignation last month, and will be leaving at the end of the season to take over the reins at newly formed City of Liverpool FC.
Joining Chris as part as his back room staff is Player/Assistant Manager Mark McGregor. The former Wrexham, Burnley, Blackpool and Port Vale defender has made 556 Football League appearances, and has also represented Altrincham, Connahs Quay and Cefn Druids. Mark is a UEFA A licence holder, and has also managed Connahs Quay in the Welsh League.
Head Coach will be John Keegan, another UEFA A licence Coach, who played in the Football League for Chester City, York City and Scarborough, making a total of 53 Football League appearances. John has developed a reputation as a top young coach, including spells working abroad in the USA.
Speaking of his appointment, Chris said: “I am made up that Runcorn Town have given me the opportunity to lead their club into an exciting future. It was important to Mark, John and myself that we joined a club with real ambition, and in the interview process Runcorn Town showed this in abundance, making it clear they want to move forward.
“It is our job to work on this and take the club to the next level. The hard work starts today as we start building the squad and structure to challenge for honours. It’s a very tough league, but I am more than confident that my back room staff and myself can mount a serious challenge with the players that are currently here and the players we can attract to the club.
“The club wants to progress, and that is the aim for next season. Simon Burton has done a superb job in his time at Runcorn Town, and it’s now up to me to build on the job Simon has started.”
Runcorn Town Chairman Tony Riley is delighted with the appointment, saying: “We have spoken to some very good candidates but we were unanimous in our decision to appoint Chris.
“His enthusiasm for the role really shone through at the interview, and he has proven contacts for players that we felt would be invaluable moving forward.”