Vanarama National League South club Chelmsford City have announced the appointment of Rod Stringer as their new manager.
Stringer, who joins from local and National League South rivals, Bishop’s Stortford was offered the role following weeks of speculation and interviews carried out by chairman Trevor Smith.
The former Braintree Town and Aveley manager brings with him former West Ham United and Manchester City coach Nick Haycock as his assistant and the two will begin working with the Clarets with immediate effect.
Clarets chairman, Trevor Smith spoke about the appointment, saying: “I am absolutely delighted Rod has accepted the offer to manage Chelmsford City.
“I have admired him as a manager for many years, he ticked all the boxes as far as I was concerned and in appointing Rod I feel we have a winner who will do his utmost to help the club achieve its ambitions.
“Alongside Nick Haycock we will have a team with the knowledge, experience and desire to win that can take this great club forward.”
Smith spoke of the club’s minimum target of reaching the play-off places next season and Stringer joins the club with a proven track record of getting teams promoted.
As manager of Aveley he won the Ryman Division One North title and with it promotion to the Ryman Premier Division in 2008/09, before almost securing promotion to the then Conference South a year later via the play-offs.
From there Stringer would take over at Braintree Town where, in his one and only season at the Iron, he guided them to promotion from the Conference South before leaving that summer, taking over at Bishop’s Stortford in December 2011.
Despite being heavily linked to the Chelmsford job back in 2013 after the departure of Dean Holdsworth, Stringer had remained at the Hertfordshire club – where he saw them to an eleventh-place finish last campaign.
Stringer will take over from former caretaker boss Kevin Maher, who led Chelmsford to safety this season having taken the reigns following the departure of Mark Hawkes in January.
Maher pulled out of the running for the job full-time last week, but Smith wanted to put on record his thanks to the former Southend United player, saying: “The club will be eternally grateful to Kevin for his work at the club and we wish him all the best for the future”.