Congleton Town have announced that Ian Street has joined the club as first team manager.
Ian replaces Andy Alston, who stepped down from the role following the final league match on 29th April.
A club statement said: ‘The club is indebted to the commitment and dedication shown by Andy, both as a player over many years and manager since November 2015, and wishes him well in the future. Andy made over 300 appearances for the club in a period spanning 11 years.
‘The club has moved quickly to seek a replacement and is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Street as team manager. Ian is well known in non-league circles and in particular for his previous management role with 1874 Northwich. Brian Pritchard is joining him as assistant manager and Paul Johnson as coach.
Ian said of his appointment:
‘I am very much looking forward to getting started at Congleton Town. I needed a new challenge after four seasons at 1874 Northwich and along with former Witton Albion manager and record appearance holding player Brian Pritchard, plus former Oldham Athletic and current academy A Licensed coach at Port Vale FC Paul Johnson, we aim to bring back better and more enjoyable times at the club after a few disappointing seasons recently.
‘At the moment we are putting together a squad of players that we can work with in pre-season and hopefully be a lot stronger come the start of the next campaign. The feedback from potential targets has been very encouraging so far. Every club believes that they will have a good season and we are no different, there are very interesting times ahead and I can’t wait.’
Steve Burgess, Congleton Town Chairman is looking forward to working with Ian,
‘The Board is working hard to move the club forward both on and off the pitch. The appointment of Ian, Brian and Paul is key to the progress the club is keen to make and we are hopeful that next season we will be challenging nearer the top of the Hallmark Security League.
‘Certainly, with the pedigree and experience of the new management team we are confident our aspirations can be met and we can give our loyal and growing band of supporters the excitement on the pitch they deserve.
‘The club also announces that the major junior club in the town Vale Juniors FC has agreed to have a representative on the Congleton Town board as part of a new initiative for the two clubs to work more closely together to support football for all ages in the town.
‘These are exciting times for the club, its directors and much valued volunteers.’