Chris Hilton has been handed the task of leading Stocksbridge Park Steels back to the Premier Division after being appointed the club’s new manager.
Steels parted company with Darren Schofield after 18 months in charge following the club’s relegation from the Evo-Stik League top flight at the end of last season after winning just five of 46 league games.
Stocksbridge chairman Allen Bethel said: “We are delighted that Chris has accepted the post, he is an enthusiastic young manager who we believe will turn the club around and have us challenging for promotion in the near future.”
He added: “We were amazed at the response we had for job with well over 30 people applying.
“It was impossible to interview everyone but we would like to publicly thank all the applicants for their interest.”
Hilton had won admirers with the work he did in four years as manager of Northern Counties East League side Worsbrough Bridge Athletic before resigning at the end of last season.
He took over at Worsbrough when the club were bottom of Division One and would have gone out of the league had they not had a reprieve from relegation.
In his time in charge Hilton turned the clubs fortunes around as the Briggers gained a reputation of playing attractive football.
In the 2012/13 campaign the Worsbrough went through the whole season undefeated in the league at home something that Hilton says he is “immensely proud of,” and left having achieved the highest points tally in his tenure with 73 points from 42 games last term.
Hilton was delighted to have landed the job and said: “I’m very proud to be the new manager and looking forward to the challenge of getting the club heading in the right direction.
“It’s a big club with everything going for it with its excellent facilities and stadium.”
The new manager has already got down to work on what looks like being a busy summer at Bracken Moor, “I’ve already spoken with a few of the players and will be contacting the rest in the next couple of days. We’ll sort out whose staying and whose leaving, their inevitably will be changes, although that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be wholesale changes, it’s about getting the balance right.”
He added; “This club is too big not to be pushing at the top end of the table. What we need to do is steady the ship and start winning games again and push on from there.
“I want to get people coming back through the gate with a smile on their faces knowing they are going to watch attractive football. I know it’s going to be tough and it won’t happen overnight but we’ve been given assurances that we’ll have the time to turn things around.”
Hilton is no stranger to the Evo-Stik league having played more than 600 games many of which were for local rivals Frickley Athletic along with spells at Sheffield FC, Belper Town and a season at Bracken Moors
Hilton has appointed Mark Wilson as assistant manager. Wilson played for the original Emley side that reached the third round of the FA Cup in 1998, narrowly losing 2-1 at West Ham United, and has also played for Worksop Town and Belper.