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Rod Stringer Appointed New Clarets Boss

1 year ago By Scott Hatley

THE CLARETS are today delighted to announce the appointment of Rod Stringer as the new boss of Chelmsford City Football Club.

Stringer, who joins from local and National League South rivals, Bishop’s Stortford was offered the role yesterday following weeks of speculation and interviews carried out by Chairman, Trevor Smith.

The former Braintree Town and Aveley manager brings with him former West Ham United and Manchester City coach, Nick Haycock as his assistant and the two will begin working with the Clarets with immediate effect.

Clarets Chairman, Trevor Smith spoke about the appointment earlier this morning saying: “I am absolutely delighted Rod has accepted the offer to manage Chelmsford City.

“I have admired him as a manager for many years, he ticked all the boxes as far as I was concerned and in appointing Rod I feel we have a winner who will do his utmost to help the club achieve its ambitions.

“Alongside Nick Haycock we will have a team with the knowledge, experience and desire to win that can take this great club forward.”

In a recent interview, Smith spoke of the Club’s minimum target of reaching the play-off places next season and Stringer joins the club with a proven track record of getting teams promoted.

As manager of Aveley he won the Ryman North title and with it promotion to the Ryman Prem in 2008/09, before almost securing promotion to the then Conference South a year later via the play-offs.

From there Stringer would take over at Braintree Town where, in his one and only season at The Iron, he guided them to promotion from the Conference South before leaving that summer, taking over at Bishop's Stortford in December 2011.

Despite being heavily linked to the Chelmsford job back in 2013 after the departure of Dean Holdsworth, Stringer had remained at the Hertfordshire club - where he saw them to an 11th place finish last campaign – until being offered the City job yesterday.

Stringer will take over from former Caretaker Boss, Kevin Maher, who led Chelmsford to safety this season having taken the reigns following the departure of Mark Hawkes in January.

Maher pulled out of the running for the job full time last week, but Smith wanted to put on record his thanks to the former Southend United player, saying: "The club will be eternally grateful to Kevin for his work at the Club and we wish him all the best for the future."

The Club will be looking to arrange a special Q&A in the Clarets Bar this coming Thursday, May 19th, to give the fans the opportunity to speak to the new Clarets management team with full details being confirmed as soon as possible.

For now, though, everyone at the Club would like to welcome both Rod and Nick to the Melbourne Community Stadium and Chelmsford City Football Club.

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Meet The Manager Q&A with Rod Stringer Confirmed COME along and meet the new Clarets Manager Rod Stringer and have your say.
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