Blues move quickly to name boss

New Blues boss Simon Mellish with club chair Anne Barker
New Blues boss Simon Mellish with club chair Anne Barker
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The Blues have moved quickly to replace outgoing boss Simon Haworth with the appointment of former Warrington Town manager Stuart Mellish.

Haworth stepped down from his post at Shawbridge following Clitheroe’s 2-2 draw against Skelmersdale United on the final day of the season with his successor revealed just days later.

The club’s chairperson, Anne Barker, revealed that the board had been thoroughly impressed by Mellish during the interview process and the decision to offer him the post was a unanimous one.

The new man at the helm, who worked for four years alongside and then succeeded Shaun Reid, won the Evo-Stik First Division North title in 2016 with the Yellows and then took them to eighth in the Northern Premier League.

Since then he has been scouting for Altrincham and Darlington while seeking the opportunity to get back into management.

He will be joined by assistant David Mannix, who has a real professional football pedigree.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who had a spell with Accrington Stanley, was a junior member of Liverpool’s Champions League winning squad in 2005.

Mannix was Warrington Town’s skipper in their epic FA Cup run three seasons ago and currently runs his own football academy.

During that fairytale journey in England’s most prestigious cup competition, Town beat League Two Exeter City at Cantilever Park, live on BBC Two, to reach the second round proper.

Barker said: “We had a very good idea of the calibre of candidate we were looking for when Simon announced he was leaving.

“After meeting the directors both informally and at a formal interview process, the decision to appoint Stuart was unanimous.

“We are excited to see how Stuart and David can build on the foundations laid by Simon.”

Mellish said: “I have been keen to get back into football as a manager but was waiting for the right opportunity.

“I am familiar with Clitheroe as a manager and understand the passion the fans have for the club.

“I am delighted to have been offered the position and will work tirelessly to bring the success I know we can deliver together.”