Charlie Blakemore. Pic: Dave Birt

Chasetown FC have confirmed that manager Charlie Blakemore will step aside.

Charlie Blakemore. Pic: Dave Birt

The decision was revealed following the club’s 3-1 home defeat against basement club Stocksbridge Park Steels.

It brings to an end Blakemore’s eight year reign at the Scholars Ground – a period that has seen the club rise through the non-league pyramid and develop national recognition after two FA Cup runs.

However, his role as managing director of a division of aerospace company BAe Systems means he has decided to step down as Chasetown boss.

“It has been an unbelievable time for me and my family and we have thoroughly enjoyed it all,” he explained. “I am very proud of what we have all achieved in this period as it has been a real team effort.

“These last few years has been a great challenge for me as my career outside of football has progressed and become more and more demanding. It has been very difficult to give up the time needed every day to manage the club at this level.”

Former Hednesford Town boss Chris Brindley will take up the reins following Saturday’s game against Stafford Rangers.

But Blakemore will remain involved in the club after accepting the offer from chairman John Donnelly and chief executive Mike Joiner to become a director.

He said: “I am now looking forward to working with John and Mike to try and continue to progress Chasetown Football Club.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped me in my time as manager at the club, we all have some special memories and I very much want to help to create some more in the future with the new management team.

“It is a great club with a good fan base now. We are well run with ambition to progress within our means.

“John, Mike and I discussed my successor and Chris was the perfect fit. I have known him for a long time and I think he is a great appointment.

“He knows the club and the level well and has a good network. When I spoke with him about joining us he was delighted and we will all be working hard together to progress the club further.”

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