Clitheroe appoint Paul Moore as new boss

Shawbridge
Shawbridge

AFTER a meticulous search to fill the void in the Shawbridge hotseat, Clitheroe Football Club has unveiled Paul Moore as their new boss.

He was identified by the club’s executive committee as the outstanding candidate for the position following in-depth discussions.

The club had considered 29 applications for the post, but the Blues committee now have their man.

Moore began his managerial career at Congleton Town and enjoyed a successful spell with Warrington Town, sandwiched in between two stints with Leek Town at Harrison Park.

Blues chairman Anne Barker said: “He’s a quality coach and he’s got plenty of contacts.

“He’s got a lot of enthusiasm and a desire to see Clitheroe prosper. We wanted somebody with experience, and a lot of Paul’s experience is with struggling teams.

“He’s worked hard to rescue those particular clubs and put them on the right path.

“We thought he had the right temperament to build and take the club forward.

“His best successes have been at Warrington Town, where he guided them to the first round of the FA Trophy and the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

“There’s only a few people at this level that win anything.

“He knows what’s happening in and around the club and, despite taking a break from the game for family commitments, he’s kept abreast of everything.

“He knows which direction he’s going in and already made approaches for players.”

Moore hasn’t wasted any time in ringing the changes at Shawbridge.

Barker added: “He’s invited all the players back in for pre-season training on June 21st, but he has already identified the players he wants to keep, a style in which he wants to play and he’s identified our weaknesses.

“He’s been to watch us quite a few times so there is that familiarity there.

“Paul’s not wasting any time and I’m really impressed.”

As far as the budget is concerned, Moore has been provided with a competitive allowance to strengthen the squad for the forthcoming campaign in the hope of achieving a mid-table finish in the First Division North table.

“He’s been given an average budget for this league,” Barker said.

“There are rich clubs in this league and others that don’t have a penny to spend, but we’re in the middle.

“He’s been given a competitive budget and I’m excited about what he can bring to the club. We want more than survival. I’m hoping to be in or around mid-table.”