Trafford apppoint new manager

Karl Marginson has been unveiled as the new manager of Pitching In NPL West Division side Trafford.

Marginson is best known for his 12-year spell in charge of FC United of Manchester, having been appointed as the club's first-ever manager upon their formation in 2005.

Under his guidance, FC United rose from the North West Counties Division 2 to National League North in 10 seasons. Three league titles were secured, plus a fourth promotion via the play-offs.

Marginson also achieved further silverware during his time at the club, enjoying two NW Counties League Cup triumphs and a Manchester Premier Cup victory before leaving Broadhurst Park in October 2017.

As a player, he appeared in the Football League for Blackpool, Rotherham United and Macclesfield before going on to ply his trade for a number of clubs in non-league.

He then took charge at FC United at the age of 35 before spending time as football director and interim manager at Radcliffe.

Marginson - whose first game in charge of the NPL West Division strugglers will come at home to Runcorn Linnets on Tuesday - has recently been part of Trafford's youth setup, with the club earmarking him as a key figure behind the launch of their U21s side over the summer.

He replaces Danny Caldecott, who recently left Trafford to take the helm at fellow NPL West Division side Clitheroe on a two-and-a-half year deal.

“I’m extremely grateful and unbelievably excited to be back in the game that has provided me with some of the greatest experiences and life lessons that I’ve been blessed to receive," he said following the appointment.

"This gratitude is firstly to the chairman and directors of the club for showing belief in my abilities as a manager to take charge of the next stage of Trafford Football Club’s development.

"I’m absolutely certain that the first team’s current position is a false one, and I’m confident the quality squad of players that Danny has put together have the right kind of attitudes, behaviours and footballing ability, and are more than capable of producing the positive results and exciting performances that the directors, volunteers and supporters of Trafford Football Club deserve."

Chairman John Eadie said: “Karl Marginson has vast experience and knowledge of non-league football.

"He has already brought his abilities and wisdom to our youth teams, and I believe he will now enhance the first team too.

"His track record is impressive, and we are keen to continue the link between ourselves and our youth section. I am looking forward to working with Karl.”

Photo credit: Trafford

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