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Author: Ian Milligan - Mon 10 Dec 18

Stalybridge Celtic are restructuring their football operations by introducing a new role which combines the responsibilities of First Team Manager and Academy Head. This will see Dave Sullivan leave the Academy Head role after two and a half years and we thank Dave for all his hard work and wish him all the best in the future.

First Team Manager Simon Haworth has been appointed to the new combined role on a long term contract and will take up this position from January 1st. In his new role, Simon will report to Club Chair Rob Gorski and Academy Chair Ian Milligan.

Ian Milligan commented:
Following the restructure, we are fortunate to have such a high calibre individual as Simon to head our football operations. Having made a strong start with the First Team, we are excited to have an ex Wales international to now lead the Academy. Our football plans will be fully integrated across the club and Simon has a busy 2019 ahead of him to forge strong links with schools, local professional and amateur clubs. Simon will also be the main link with our education partner, Tameside College.

Simon Haworth commented:
Firstly, I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to head all football development at Stalybridge Celtic and would like to carry on the good work of Dave Sullivan and Danny Yves at the Academy. I am looking forward to getting started and the Academy has a huge bearing on the success of the First Team and the whole club moving forward. It is my job now to build a strong academy with high numbers of students and a high level of quality. There is an awful lot of hard work needed at Stalybridge Celtic and this is another facet of the football club, along with the First Team and the Commercial side that we are trying to improve.

Rob Gorski commented:
I’d really like to thank Sully for his contribution with the Academy and he will always be welcome at Bower Fold. Simon recognises the challenges and potential with the Academy and on the back of the restructuring, is the ideal person to lead the club’s football operations in this new role.

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