Former Clitheroe FC boss Simon Garner has accepted a first team coaching role at National League North side Altrincham.
The 33-year-old left his managerial role at Shawbridge at the end of the term, alongside assistant Ryan Parr and coach Jordan Allen, after pushing the Blues close to a play-off berth in the Evo-Stik First Division North.
Garner revealed that he had initially rebuffed Neil Young’s offer to join the team at Moss Lane but, after much deliberation, opted to accept the manager’s second approach.
The midfielder, who will meet with Young and Gary Jones, who is second in command with the Robins, to discuss his new role this week, said: “I don’t really know too much about it yet.
“I’m not fully aware of what it will entail.
“I’ve been informed that it’s a first team coaching role, so I’ll effectively be third in command, and I’ll be acting as a go between for the management staff and the players.
“I’ll be taking training sessions and offering my opinion on things because the manager has made it clear that he doesn’t just want me to sit there like a nodding dog.
“I’ll put my thoughts across at the appropriate time and hopefully my input will have a significant impact on the lads.”
Garner, who made over 250 appearances for Clitheroe during various spells, added: “It’s new territory for me but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I was offered different playing roles but I didn’t really fancy playing at the same level. This is a massive league and I think next season will be the strongest it has been in its history.
“It’ll be nice to face a few clubs who I’ve played for in the past as well. I would like to get back in to management one day but I just want to challenge myself as high up as I can.
“I just want to affect things with the experience that I’ve picked up. We want to create a group here that can do well next year and compete in a very tough division.”