Flitcroft ties up two year deal with Magpies

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Garry Flitcroft has committed his future to Chorley FC by signing a two-year contract.

The Magpies manager put pen to paper following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Stafford Rangers, much to the delight of chairman of Ken Wright.

The news is a major boost for the Evo-Stik Premier Division high-fliers, who remain firmly in contention for a second promotion in three years under Flitcroft’s stewardship.

The Chorley boss, who has led the club to seven wins and a draw in their last eight games, said: “I’m really loving my time here so when the board approached me about signing a contract, it was an easy decision to make.

“We’re on a fantastic run at the moment and I’m really excited by the potential of this squad.

“The lads have worked extremely hard to put themselves in contention for the play-offs and I firmly believe we are good enough to go up.

“We’ve just got to keep winning and see where it takes us.

“But whatever happens over the next few weeks, I know we’ll be a force to be reckoned with next season, whatever league we end up in.”

Flitcroft has reawakened a sleeping giant since stepping into the Victory Park hotseat three years ago.

In his first season, he guided the club to a first promotion in 24 years after they won the Evo-Stik First Division (North) play-off final.

He followed that up by delivering the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy and a third place finish in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, with the club eventually missing out on a second successive promotion following an agonising play-off semi-final defeat to FC United.

This season, after a difficult start, the Magpies find themselves in play-off contention once again, after Saturday’s win lifted the club to within three points of third-placed Witton Albion.

And Flitcroft’s achievements are all the more remarkable given the financial problems that plagued the club following the theft of more than £70,000.

Chairman Ken Wright said: “Garry has done an incredible job for this football club and long may that continue as far as the board is concerned.

“There’s a real buzz about the club again and that’s largely down to Garry.

“The fact he has committed his future to the club is a massive boost as it gives us some security going forwards.”