Chairman says interest is high in vacant Lichfield City FC management role

Lichfield City FC say they have already had a number of enquiries about their vacant management post.

Lichfield City FC's Brownsfield Park home

Lichfield City FC’s Brownsfield Park home

Former Walsall striker Gary Birch stepped down from the job at the end of a Midland Football League Division One season which saw the club finish seventh – 36 points behind champions Coventry United.

Club chairman Darren Leaver said interest had been high in the post.

“We’ve had a few people contact us, some with a very good pedigree,” he said. “There’s no doubt that Gary raised the profile of the club.

“There’s meetings lined up with a few people already.”

Birch’s tenure had seen a change in the make-up of the on-the-field personnel at Lichfield, with the arrival of players from clubs across the Midland Football League system.

But City’s chairman is hoping the new boss will be able to harvest talent closer to home.

“I’d love us to have a 10 or 15 mile radius around Lichfield to attract players,” he said,

“If you start looking further afield you’re having to compete with the large number of teams in the Birmingham and Coventry area. But if you look to Tamworth, Burton, Rugeley and Lichfield, you don’t have as much competition and can attract some very good players.

“You also then have a real community feel to the club with a nucleus of local players.

“There’s no doubt that the supporters want to see local lads they can really get behind.”

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