DAVE Challinor is the new manager of AFC Fylde and has been charged with winning his third successive promotion in the Evo-Stik League.
The former Tranmere, Stockport and Bury defender has left his post as boss of Blue Square Bet North club Colwyn Bay to take over at Kellamergh Park just nine days after Kelham O’Hanlon’s exit.
The 36-year-old has dropped two divisions down the non-league pyramid in the hope of repeating his meteoric success with Colwyn Bay at both levels of the Evo-Stik League.
Having captained the side which won the play-off final in Fylde’s division, First Division North, in 2009-10, Challinor took over as manager to steer the club into the Conference at the first attempt as Premier Division runners-up.
Colwyn Bay are currently tenth in Blue Square Bet North but have been threatened with relegation unless they add more seats for spectators.
Challinor, who brings his Colwyn Bay assistant Colin Woodthorpe with him to Fylde, said: “We can’t wait to get started and I’m delighted to get this opportunity.
“The ambition the club has shown matches ours and it’s the right time and right opportunity for me to come to a club like this.
“Some may see it as two steps back to take two steps forward, but we think this club has great potential to go a lot further.
“I’ve had three fantastic years with Colwyn Bay, and while it was a tough decision to leave the club we felt this was too good an opportunity to pass us by”.
“We will meet the staff and players for the first time on Thursday before preparing for Saturday’s home game against Cammell Laird.
“Our brief is to get the club out of this division and beyond, and we feel we can be part of something really special here.”
Fylde Chairman, David Haythornthwaite said: “We are absolutely delighted to secure Dave as our manager. His application was the first we received when the job became vacant last week.
“He has done a tremendous job for Colwyn Bay, working on a very tight budget, firstly getting them up last season and now being only three points off the play-offs in the Blue Square North”.