THE new manager of 1874 Northwich has now been confirmed.

Chris Herbert has been unveiled as the man to take over at Townfield as the club look to rebuild following their relegation from the Northern Premier League.

He will take charge of the final three games of the season starting with a home game against Clitheroe on Saturday before starting to build for the longer-term.

Herbert’s appointment brings to an end a two-month search for a replacement for Damian Crossley, who left the club in February with senior players Matt Woolley and Mark Jones taking charge in the interim.

He joins the club having most recently occupied backroom roles at Premier League side Nottingham Forest and League Two outfit Salford City, with his managerial experience prior to those roles taking in spells at Runcorn Town and Welsh sides Conwy Borough, Cefn Druids and Flint Town United.

“The catchment and stature of the club is fantastic,” Herbert said.

“I have a lot of respect for the club and so do players around the area.”

“I think the pull of the club will attract the players that we are going to be after as they will want to be a part of what we are going to try and achieve here.”

1874 say an experienced assistant manager to work alongside Herbert will be revealed in the coming days.

“We knew we needed someone with good experience and knowledge along with an understanding of what 1874 is about, and Chris demonstrated all of this,” football secretary Vicki England said.

“The board is looking forward to working with Chris in the coming weeks to prepare us for the next chapter.

“I am sure all our supporters will welcome Chris to the club and will get behind him, his management team and the squad.”