Chasetown FC appoint new under-18 manager

Chasetown FC have appointed Kevin Sweeney as their new under-18 manager.

His appointment follows Ian Broad’s move to manage Bilston Town’s senior side.

The Scholars have now opted to forge closer links with their Academy setup and as a result Andy Turner will become Sweeney’s assistant.

A statement from Chasetown said:

“With the team currently third from bottom of the Midland Floodlit Youth League Premier Division (North) and having just seven league games remaining, it was felt that in the best interests of preserving their Premier Division status the side should link more closely with it’s current academy set-up, to turn out the best squad available to represent the club, for the remaining seven league games.

“Sweeney will be assisted by Academy Manager Andy Turner with coach Paul Larvin remaining at the club and assisting in a coaching capacity.”

Broad resigned before Christmas after deciding he wanted to return to senior management with West Midlands Regional League Division One side Bilston.

His assistant Alan Crook also quit the club due to work commitments.

Chasetown’s statement added:

“The club would like to place on record their eternal thanks for what Ian and Alan have achieved for the club of late, admittedly in difficult circumstances, and would like to wish both men every success in the future.

“Ian, in particular will be fondly remembered, having gained promotion last year to the Premier Division as champions and also taking the team on to be Staffordshire County Champions for the first time in the club’s history.”

Sweeney’s appointment as Broad’s successor came following a meeting involving first team manager Charlie Blakemore, his assistant Andy Cox, long standing youth team guru Alan Smith and MFYL Academy secretary John Franklin.

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