Tag: Manager

Chris Hughes Commits to Railwaymen

Shildon AFC is pleased to announce that Chris Hughes has committed to the Club until the end of season 2024/25 as First Team Manager.  Chris will be supported by Craig Hughes, David Pounder, Alex White and David Howe who all form part of his Management Team.

Chairman David Dent said “I’m delighted that Chris has committed to the Club.  He’s made a difference already in the way we train and play and he’s started to get results, it’s really important to have continuity but it’s even more important to have someone who shares your football philosophy and who you can trust.  I’ve known Chris for over 10 years, he shares the same values as the Club and I’ve every confidence that with his commitment and ability he will ensure that we are playing in the NPL next season, which is an integral part of our vision for the Club.”

Chris Hughes said “We are delighted to commit to the club and the long term plan the club has in place.  We have made changes to the way we train, play and analyse games over the past few weeks.  The way the players have responded to the changes has been pleasing and we know there is even more to come from them.  We have seen a more consistent, higher level of performance in the last 4 games and will continue to raise the standards as the weeks go on.  Our positive relationship with the board, reserve team, U18s and supporters will be key in making this vision a reality and we are committed to the wider vision the club has.”

Shildon AFC Appoint New Manager

Following the shock resignation of Ian Clark, Shildon AFC are pleased to reveal their interim management structure.  Former Player, Chris Hughes has accepted the position of First Team Manager for the rest of the season, when the position will be reviewed.  Chris will be supported by Alex White who will be Player Coach, whilst Chris and the Club actively look to reinforce the management team over the coming weeks.

Chris said “Thank you to the players, supporters and board members who have made me feel welcome since I returned to the club.  I am really looking forward to continuing the work that has been started with the players.  It is important we have some consistency for the club now so that we can get the results we need to move up the table.  In the short time I have been back at Shildon, it is clear to see there is a strong group of players who want to do well for the club.  It is important we use their togetherness and abilities to build on Tuesday night.  All of the focus is now on getting a positive result this weekend.”

David Dent, Chairman of Shildon AFC said “ This has been an unsettling 48 hours for everyone at the Club. I’m absolutely delighted therefore that Chris feels now is the time for him to step up into this position to take the Club forward.  I’ve known him for a number of years, founded the Clubs Development Centre with him, seen him progress from player, to coach and latterly to Assistant Manager and feel it’s time for him to have the opportunity to manage the Club.  He’s an A licence Coach, was highly thought of at Middlesbrough FC’s Academy, he has the respect of the players, but more importantly he has integrity and I trust him implicitly.  I know he believes in the Club’s development plan and is here for the right reasons.  Now is the time for stability, Chris will therefore get the backing of myself and the Board, and the resources at his disposal to establish ourselves within the NPL this season and hopefully he will continue in the role for many years to come.”

Shildon AFC Manager Leaves

Shildon AFC can confirm that their recently appointed Manager, Ian Clark has left the Club and returned to Marske United. Ian has informed the Club that on reflection he doesn’t want to take up the challenge of being a Manager and wishes to return to a coaching position at his former Club. As a Club we are obviously disappointed at Ian’s decision but we wish him all the best for the future.

The Club will release further statements on the Management situation in due course.

Vacancy – Reserve Team Coach/Manager

Shildon AFC are seeking a coach/manager for their reserve team.

Shildon AFC is a charter standard club with its first team playing in the Northern Premier League East Division (Step 4 of the national league system), with its reserve’s playing in the 1st Division of the Wearside League.

The Club is looking for a passionate and enthusiastic coach/manager to work within the club’s team structure to support the development of players, supporting the first team and helping support the proven partnership pathway within the Club from junior football through the reserves and into first-team football:


You will hold the relevant FA coaching badges and be willing to commit 1.5 hours during the week and of course matchdays during the season.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience and development in football at a high level and the Club will provide opportunities for support, development and progression within the football club for the right candidate.

The Club is asking all potential applicants to email, Darren Tait, at: daztait@googlemail.com with a covering letter and CV before the deadline of 5pm Tuesday 23rd November 2021.

David Dent

Chairman, Shildon AFC