Clitheroe appoint Simon Garner as new manager

New manager: Simon Garner
New manager: Simon Garner

Clitheroe Football Club have moved to replace Paul Moore with the appointment of former player Simon Garner.

Simon, based in Altham, leaves his current club Northwich Victoria, where he was captain, and takes charge of the Blues tonight for the first time in their LFA Trophy clash against Wigan Robin Park at Shawbridge.

He is the son of former Blues chairman and manager Carl.

Chair Anne Barker said: “Simon is an exciting proposition because of his experience at this level of football and higher.

“He has a catalogue of contacts having played at FC Halifax Town, FC United and Chorley to name but a few, but it is his own ambition and drive, which will help him to make the most of this opportunity.

“Simon joins a growing number of managers in this league who have been given a chance to move from playing to management and reflects previous club policy. I am delighted to welcome Simon as our manager”.

Garner, 29, added: “I am both delighted and very proud to accept the manager’s position at Clitheroe, the place where it all began for me as a teenage footballer over a decade ago.

“The transition from player to manager has always been in my thoughts and it is an honour to be given this opportunity by the Board of Directors.

“I will apply the same attitude and beliefs which have served me well throughout my playing career and I am eager to make a positive contribution. I would also like to thank chairman Jim Rushe and manager Lee Ashcroft from Northwich Victoria for allowing me to meet the board of Clitheroe and to take up this post at such short notice.”

Garner is joined by another former Blue Ryan Parr as his assistant.