Marine appoint Neil Young

By James Gordon

Marine have appointed former Chester boss Neil Young as their new manager.

Young, 43, has won five promotions during his career, including three consecutive league titles with Chester.

He said: “I’m really happy to be given the opportunity to manage Marine Football Club. There is great potential here and recent results, in particular Tuesday night’s win in the FA Cup at Scarborough show the players are determined to improve results and move up the table. I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

After his playing career was cut short by injury at the age of 24 Young began his managerial roles in local football with Queen’s Park and Poulton Victoria, before joining Rhyl as Assistant Manager in 2004, the club winning the Welsh Cup in 2006 and also qualifying for UEFA competitions in three consecutive seasons.

He joined Cammell Laird as Joint Manager in 2007, the team being promoted to the Northern Premier League Premier Division as runners up.

A two year spell as Manager at Colwyn Bay began in 2008 with success again coming quickly, the Seagulls making the playoffs in his first season but going one better the following year by clinching promotion to the NPL Premier Division as play-off winners.

He became the first manager of the newly formed Chester FC in summer 2010. The Deva Stadium club went on to record an unprecedented triple promotion, winning the NPL North, NPL Premier and Conference North in consecutive seasons, breaking a host of records on the way. Neil was also given the accolade of Conference North Manager of the Year in 2013 as well as an Honorary Degree from the University of Chester.

He has also had spells as Manager at Stockport County and Altrincham and more recently was Head of Scouting at FC Halifax Town with a spell also as caretaker manager until February 2018.

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said: “This is a great appointment for Marine Football Club. Neil has a wealth of managerial experience and has been a very successful Non-League manager, especially at Chester FC and previously at Colwyn Bay.

"These are really exciting times for all connected with Marine and I firmly believe that we are at the beginning of a new era for our Club. I welcome Neil to the Marine Travel Arena and look forward to working with him and his staff in the seasons ahead.

“I am very pleased that caretaker manager Ian Johnson, who has done so well in the last three games, is to be retained by Neil. Ian masterminded a superb FA Cup replay win away at Scarborough Athletic this week and deserves the opportunity to continue to work with the players and the new manager.”

Young’s first game in charge will be the trip to Warrington Town on Saturday.

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