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Bulls appoint new management team

The club are delighted to welcome Matt Chatfield and John Stancliffe as the Bulls' new manager and assistant manager, with Andy Morris also arriving as first team coach.

Chatfield made the move to the Forest Town Arena from FC Bolsover, who he guided to a club record 31-point season after a disastrous first half of the 2018/19 season saw the NCEL Division One side pick up not even a single point.

Former Harrogate, Guiseley and Scarborough goalkeeper Stancliffe, meanwhile, arrives from Frickley Athletic where he was head of the West Yorkshire club's community foundation and previously interim manager.

The pair will be joined by 51-year-old former Chesterfield striker Andy Morris, who famously scored in the Spireites' 1997 FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough, taking up a coaching role with the Bulls.

Stancliffe (left) and Chatfield (right) with club Chairman Andrew Saunders (middle).

The new trio will hope to guide AFC back to Step 4 of non-league football after off-the-pitch issues forced the club to be relegated from the Northern Premier League to Step 5.

"Having met with the Chairman and directors, I feel like it's the perfect fit for me and to continue my journey and hopefully bring a lot of success," new gaffer Chatfield told Bulls TV.

"Bruno [Andy Morris] has been a lifelong friend of mine and has got a lot of knowledge in the game... And Stan [John Stancliffe] is another good friend who brings a lot more knowledge from the other side, players-wise, and he compliments the team perfectly."

Chatfield and co. will look to press on with player recruitment ahead of the 2019/20 season.


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