Dave Challinor, the ex-Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County defender, has been named as the new manager of Northern Premier League Division One North side AFC Fylde. It is something of a surprise move for Challinor, as he has moved down two divisions to take the job. He had enjoyed great success at former club Colwyn Bay, winning two successive promotions, first as captain, then as manager. He leaves the club in good shape as they are currently tenth in their first season in the Conference North.
Famed for his long throws, thirty six year old Challinor is looking forward to his first game in charge at Kellamergh Park this Saturday when they entertain Cammell Laird. He will be a popular appointment with the fans, purely due to the fact that he has dropped down two divisions to take the job, as it shows the club’s ambition to move forward over the next few years.
Challinor replaces Kelham O’Hanlon, who left the club last week by “mutual consent” after nearly two years in charge.