Andy Penny has taken over as manager of Chasetown FC’s Reserve side after treble winner Mark Swann took the decision to step down.

The new manager played for the Scholars for two years and has performed at the highest level of non-league football having appeared for Tamworth, Hinckley United and Solihull Moors amongst others. He has most recently been youth coach for Lichfield City FC, and will now look to continue Chasetown Reserves’ recent impressive run of success.

Scholars boss Charlie Blakemore said:

“I firstly want put on record my thanks to Mark Swann and Jay Hawkins for the excellent job they did last season. I am delighted to bring in Andy to the management team at Chasetown. I have known him for a good few years after signing him as a player for the club.

“He has a professional approach to the game and will be a great role model for our young players.  We have developed a good infrastructure at the club and we have some really promising young players coming through the system and I know Andy will be a massive help in developing these lads in their journey to first team football.

“Andyknows what I am looking for and he knows the standard of football that these players will need to be at.”

Meanwhile, outgoing reserve boss Mark Swann was recently named as Reserve Division Manager of the Year at the annual Midland Combination awards evening at Bescot Stadium in Walsall.

Academy, Youth and Reserve goalkeeper Mark Wiggins was named as Reserve Division Player of the Year, voted by all clubs on a match by match basis.

Drew Aiton was also honoured as joint highest goalscorer for the season in the Reserve Division, an impressive achievement for a midfield player.

The awards were a wonderful way to round off a hugely successful season for the Scholars Reserve side, and a fine way for manager Swann to sign off from his spell in charge.

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