NEW MANAGER: Chris Willcock takes charge of Reds

Workington AFC are pleased annnounce that Chris Willcock has been appointed as the new Manager of “The Reds” and will take charge of the team with immediate effect.

Chairman David Bowden was delighted to get his man, saying: “We had an impressive line up of potential candidates, after interviewing five of them it is absolutely no exaggeration to say that any one of them could have done a job here.

“I think Chris stood out because of his experience and strong record in building winning teams at this level, his work at Ramsbottom over the last couple of years is testament to this and his ambitions and desire to succeed were very obvious.

“I think everyone understands that this league will be a far more testing challenge this year in part due to the restructuring, there will be far more teams capable of mounting a serious challenge for promotion.

“We have the players capable of doing this and I believe we now have a new manager who is also clearly capable of leading the team.”

Chris Willcock, who will take charge for the first time on Saturdays friendly at Consett added: “There is a talented squad already here as everybody associated with the club has seen over the past couple of seasons, which unfortunately was curtailed due to Covid.

“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Red’s and the hard work starts now, as we look to continue with success this season.

“During discussions with the club, we have spoken about short, medium and long term ambitions and I know the club’s vision aligns very much with mine and we now look to go and implement this.

“In everything we do we aim to give our fans a winning team and a successful period moving forward.”

More on Chris here.

It was also confirmed that Steven Rudd will remain at the club as assistant coach. Chairman Bowden paid tribute to him saying: “Steven has done a great job in holding the fort whilst we conducted our search and gave us time to consider the manager without rushing into things, he is such a great club man and he will continue to play an important role moving forward.

“In conclusion our focus is now on the season ahead, to get out of this league will not be easy, but if players, staff, fans and crucially, sponsors all come together, I believe we can make a very strong impression.”

Welcome, Chris!

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