James joins Celtic after a successful five-year spell in charge of Wythenshawe Town, where he took the club from the Cheshire Premier Division to two third place finishes in the North West Counties Premier Division. James departed Wythenshawe Town with a league win record of 61%, having managed 153 league games, scoring an impressive 384 goals. Jamesâ€™ first taste as a manager in senior football came in May 2017 when he became the manager of East Manchester FC.
A successful 10 months led him to Wythenshawe Town where the club finished high enough to be placed into the North West Counties Division One South after the NWCFL restructure.
In his first full season in the North West Counties Division One South, they finished 5th before sitting in 3rd place during the 2019-20 season before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. His side had reached the First Division Cup Semi Final and the FA Vase 3rd Round.
The 2020-21 season was cut short due to the pandemic but with Wythenshawe Town in first place after seven wins from their opening seven games, they were promoted to the North West Counties Premier Division on points per game, after the two covid-hit seasons were merged.
The 2021-22 season saw the newly promoted side finish 3rd behind Macclesfield FC and Skelmersdale United, whilst also reaching the FA Vase Quarter Finals after entering in the First Qualifying Round. North West Counties Premier Division named James Manager of the Year for his teamâ€™s achievements.
Last season, Wythenshawe made more progress and beat their previous points total and finished 3rd for the second successive season.
They impressively reached the Manchester Premier Cup Final, losing out 3-0 to NPL Premier Division side Radcliffe and in total, scored a huge 125 goals in all competitions, with 109 of those coming in the league campaign.
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