Shaw Lane AFC have announced that Chris Willcock has been named as their new first-team manager.

The former Glossop North End manager will be joined by his former assistant Lee Donafee. The pair worked together at the Surrey Street club for four years and guided the club to the FA Vase final and promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

Willcock eventually resigned from the club at the end of season 2016/17 as the most successful manager in terms of winning titles, trophies and games in the club’s history. They will join the Ducks with immediate effect in time for Tuesday’s crucial league fixture at Altrincham.

Chairman Craig Wood said: “We are delighted to have Chris and Lee on board. Chris knows our club and has watched us this season on numerous occasions.

“He has also worked with a number of our existing squad and it means he has a better chance of hitting the ground running as the hectic schedule of fixture continues.”

Chris Willcock said: “It’s a unique opportunity with the current league position the team is in and my aim is to quickly turn results around and finish the season strongly, putting pressure on the teams above us. I’m inheriting a group of very good players, which I’m looking forward to working with.

“I’m fully aware of the club’s ambitions and the challenge that has been given to me by the chairman and the club.”


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