Stalybridge Celtic have appointed Simon Howarth as their new manager.
The 41-year-old has been in charge at Evo Stik League, first division north club Clitheroe since April 2016.
Howarth is no stranger as he had a short spell as Jim Harvey’s No 2 at Bower Fold following an illustrious playing career that saw him capped five times by Wales.
Celtic vice-chairman Syd White is delighted with the appointment, declaring: “When Simon was here, I identified his good coaching methods and could see how knowledgeable he was.
“I kept in contact with him and he was the outstanding candidate from the ones we interviewed after drawing up a short list from the many applicants.
“We are convinced he is the main for us and he has the ambition and drive to take the club forward.”
Howarth was a striker who played for Cardiff City, Coventry City, Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers. He was in the record books as being Coventry and Wigan’s record signing at the time of his transfers.
Howarth was also the first Wigan player to score at their new JJB Stadium.
During the 2003/04 season he suffered a double fracture in his right leg which ruled him out for around eight months. He attempted a comeback, but was in considerable pain due to his leg not being fully healed and called an end to his football career to concentrate on various business ventures.
Howarth, capped by Wales against Scotland, Brazil, Jamaica, Malta and Tunisia, joined Shrewsbury Town’s coaching staff in 2014 and two years later took over as manager at Clitheroe.
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