Jansen’s delight at new Magpies role

New Chorley boss Matt Jansen, centre, with assistant managers Jonathan Smith, left, and Jamie Vermiglio
New Chorley boss Matt Jansen, centre, with assistant managers Jonathan Smith, left, and Jamie Vermiglio
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Newly appointed Chorley manager Matt Jansen admits he is relishing the chance to stage a battle for promotion to the Vanarama National League.

Jansen was handed the job last week after Garry Flitcroft made the decision to step down as Magpies boss due to work and family commitments.

The former Blackburn Rovers striker, who was assistant to Flitcroft for five years at Chorley, admits he was taken back when asked to replace his colleague.

Under Flitcroft, the Magpies registered two promotions and won two Lancashire FA Challenge trophies.

Last season, the Magpies fell short in their quest for promotion to the National League, losing in the play-off final.

But Jansen has high hopes that he and his side can go one better.

“I’m honoured and delighted to take a great bunch of lads forward,” he said.

“This season will be tough, looking at the league with the teams that have come down and FC United coming up it will be a tough league.

“But with the squad that we have got plus a couple of additions we will be strong as well.

“And for me I’m relishing the chance of maybe going one better than last season.”

Jansen’s first game in charge is this Saturday at Victory Park against Championship outfit Preston North End, kick off 3pm.

On the touchline alongside him will be Jonathan Smith and Jamie Vermiglio.

The pair have been involved with the Magpies as both players and more recently coaches.

And Jansen is delighted to have both men assisting him.

“I’ve known both men for the past four or five years,” he added.

“They’re good people and I can trust them.

“It was a no brainer to have them both involved.”