Gilchrist returns to Clayborn

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LIVERSEDGE FC have a familiar face back at the helm after Eric Gilchrist was appointed their new manager.

Gilchrist had a spell as Sedge boss in the late 1990s when he took them from a side struggling near the foot of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division to promotion contenders.

He left to join Ossett Albion in 2000 but having spent 11 years at Dimple Wells, followed by a brief spell at rivals Ossett Town, the popular boss is back in charge at Clayborn.

Liversedge followers will look back fondly at the time Gilchrist spent in charge and he is pledging to give some of the club’s promising youngsters a chance to shine.

Gilchrist blooded Leigh Bromby in the first team before Liversedge’s highest profile player signed professional terms with Sheffield Wednesday.

Gilchrist said: “This is a great club and there are some great people here and I’m glad to be back. The place has hardly changed in the years I’ve been away.

“The aim will be to put together a side capable of playing good football and I want to help repay all the hard work the committee here put in.”

Gilchrist has acted swiftly to appoint his assistant, with another former Clayborn boss Sean Regan returning.

Gilchrist added: “Things had gone a bit stale in the EvoStik League, where players tend to move around for the money.

“Steve Newton (Liversedge chairman) was concerned that I’d worked with bigger budgets, which is not the case at Sedge.

“I’m not bothered about the money, I want to work with players who enjoy playing football and want to succeed at this level.”

Gilchrist will meet the Sedge squad for the first time at a team meeting on Tuesday.