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Garry FLITCROFT

Manager

A former England Under 21 international, Garry Flitcroft was appointed manager of Chorley Football Club on Monday May 10th 2010, succeeding Steve Waywell in the Victory Park hotseat.

Having rejected Manchester United’s overtures in favour of a move to Manchester City at the age of 12, Garry then spent two years honing his skills at Lilleshall as a teenager before making his name as a professional.

Following a brief spell on loan at Bury, where he made twelve appearances, he then broke into the City first team and went on to play 142 times, scoring 15 goals; not a bad record for a combative midfielder!

During his time with City, Garry was also selected for England at under-21 level, winning 10 caps and netting three goals.

Financial troubles forced then City manager Alan Ball to sell his most saleable asset, so Garry made the short trip to Blackburn Rovers in exchange for £3.5m in 1996.  He stayed at Ewood Park for a total of ten years, scoring 20 goals in 282 appearances. His finest moment came in 2001 when he captained the team to promotion from The Championship.

The following season, Garry also led the club to the Worthington Cup final but, sadly, he was suspended for the final, when Rovers beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

After a decade at the club, playing under respected managers such as Roy Hodgson, Graeme Souness and Mark Hughes, Garry left Rovers in 2006 and had a brief spell at Sheffield United, before a persistent knee injury forced him to retire early at the age of 33.

Since hanging up his boots, Garry has taken his coaching badges with one eye on a career in management.  He currently holds a UEFA ‘B’ Licence.

He was initially approached by Leigh Genesis to sign as a player but instead he became the club’s manager, replacing ex-Magpie Lee Merricks.

Although he arrived too late to prevent Genesis dropping out of the UniBond Premier Division, he did a fantastic job of guiding the troubled club to within a whisker of the First Division North play-offs last term.

Garry left Leigh shortly after the end of the 2009/10 season, following the news that Genesis were on the move to Atherton LR, having failed to obtain an agreement to use the Leigh Sports Village as a permanent home.

Garry has two younger brothers who are both involved in Football.  David, the middle brother, is currently the assistant to ex-Magpie Keith Hill at Barnsley and has playing experience with Preston North End, Lincoln City, Chester City, Rochdale, Macclesfield Town, Bury and Hyde United. Youngest brother Steve joined Chorley at the same time as Garry from Leigh Genesis and has also played for Blackburn Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Stockport County, Barrow and Bamber Bridge

Former clubs (player): Manchester City, Bury (loan), Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United

Former clubs (management):  Leigh Genesis

Matt JANSEN

Assistant Manager

282 league appearance with 83 goals,with majority of these games and goals in the top-flight and transfer fees totally over £5,000,000; Matt is one of the most high profile signings Chorley FC have ever made.

He started his career with his home town club Carlisle United, and his skilful displays soon had bigger clubs keeping a eye on his progress.  Toward the end of his second season as a pro he was sold to Crystal Palace for £1m.

After just 31 appearances for the Selhurst Park club he was transferred onto Blackburn Rovers for £4.1m, where he became good friends with Garry Flitcroft and enjoyed the best times of his playing days.

After a near-fatal motorcycle crash in Rome in the summer of 2002, a summer that would have been spent with the England side at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea had he not been struck by a stomach illness, Jansen struggled to regain his fitness and spent spells with Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers, Wrexham before teaming up with Flitty at Leigh and then here at Chorley where he is also part of the coaching team.

Former clubs (player): Carlisle United, Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers, Wrexham, Leigh Genesis

Former clubs (management):  Leigh Genesis

Jonathan SMITH

Coach

An experiened 6ft 4in central defender, Jonathan played a big part in Accrington Stanley's rise through the non-league ranks at the Crown Ground, winning three titles during an eight year spell at the club.

He was Garry Flitcrofts captain at Leigh Genesis prior to his move to Lancaster City in February 2010. Rejoined Garry at Victory Park in the summer of 2010, however his playing appearances were mainly limited to cup games and covering the regular defenders.

Now retired from playing he is concentrating on his coaching duties at Victory Park

Former clubs (player): Fleetwood, Barrow, Accrington Stanley, Darwen, Fleetwood Town, Clitheroe, Leigh Genesis, Lancaster City

Former clubs (management): None

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