The new Chadderton management team of David Fish and Lee Ashworth are looking forward to the challenge of steering the team up the Division One table, after getting their first win on the board last week.
David, with Lee as assistant, took over the managerial reins following the departure of Mark Howard a few weeks ago, and the pair bring some impressive football experience between then to Andrew Street.
David was a goalkeeper who played in the same Manchester United academy team as new Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens, before being released and moving to Stockport County, where as a pro he was understudy to the likes of Paul Jones and Carlo Nash.
Following his release by Stockport, David joined Woodley Sports and was an integral part of the team that won the NWCFL Second Division title.
His performances caught the eye of several teams and he moved to Stalybridge Celtic where he was part of the side that won the Unibond League, League Cup and Cheshire Cup treble and the side that played in the Conference the following season.
He then moved to Witton Albion, Hyde United and finished his semi-pro career with a long stint at Curzon Ashton.
Following a break from the game he returned initially as a player, then player-manager and head coach at Lancashire Amateur League side Rochdale St Clements, where he met Lee Ashworth, who spent 19 years at the club, coaching and managing teams in both the junior and adult sections, including managing the first team to a Lancashire Amateur League cup win.
Speaking after the win over Nelson last week, David said:
“The opportunity to manage Chadderton FC came out of the blue, but when I met the committee and listened to their ambition, I quickly realised that this was too good an opportunity to turn down.
"A lot of work is being done behind the scenes to improve the infrastructure, fully integrate the junior section and to work with the local community – all of which is vital for a club like this.
"I was delighted when Lee Ashworth agreed to join me as my assistant – he is a good coach with excellent knowledge of the game and someone whose opinion I trust. I am also fortunate to have strong, experienced Reserve team and EDS managers and coaches.
"A big part of my role is to make sure that we all work together as a team to ensure there is a pipeline for players to progress through the teams and play first team football.
"Leon Iluobe is a player with a big future who has come through the club from the junior teams, and I hope his success is an example that others can follow.
"I’ve inherited a talented squad, and my challenge now is to harness that talent, and add more tactical awareness and the know-how needed to be successful in this league.”
David and Lee are pictured below.