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AFC Fylde permanently appoint ex-Blackpool, Hartlepool, Huddersfield and Rochdale player

AFC Fylde have permanently taken to appoint ex-Blackpool, Hartlepool, Huddersfield and Rochdale player turned head coach Chris Beech.

The 49 year old has been in interim charge since October, with the club still bottom of the National League table, but trying to steady the ship.

AFC Fylde were bottom with two wins from 15 games this season when Adam Murray departed on the 9th of October.

They now have 4 wins from 23 league games, sitting with 18 points and are just six points from safety as they go into the festive fixtures.

CLUB STATEMENT

AFC Fylde is delighted to announce that Chris Beech has been appointed Head Coach until the end of the 2023/24 Vanarama National League season.

Chris takes on the full-time role of Head Coach after taking control on a game-by-game basis in October, starting with the victory over Leek Town in the FA Cup.

Before arriving at Mill Farm, Chris made over 315 appearances as a professional before taking on a coaching role at Bury and then being headhunted by Rochdale AFC, establishing a 12-year association with the club.

Following his time at Rochdale, Chris was appointed as Head Coach of Carlisle United in 2019. After inheriting a squad that sat 21st in League Two, he successfully transformed them into a top-of-the-table side before departing in late 2021.

Then came Fylde, and after transitioning from Director of Football to Interim Head Coach, Chris guided the Coasters to seven points in his first three games, with comfortable wins over Oldham & Gateshead following a 1-1 draw with Ebbsfleet United.

Since then, positive performances and more points gained against FC Halifax Town & Dorking Wanderers set the Coasters up to gain progression into the FA Trophy Fourth Round after beating Nuneaton Borough on penalties.

Following Chris’ appointment, Chairman David Haythornthwaite said: “I’m delighted to give Chris this extended opportunity. We’re going to work closely together to ensure we’re playing football in this division next year.”

This is how fans reacted as AFC Fylde permanently appoint ex-Blackpool, Hartlepool, Huddersfield and Rochdale player Chris Beech as their new head coach…

@BFC_ExPlayers: Wishing Chris all the very best for the rest of the season @bbeech22! 👍😀⚽️

Peter Howorth: A good decision, I just hope he isn’t made the scapegoat if the team of players, and not Chris, can’t get out of this mess.

Joe Kirkman: Still rock bottom, can’t gloss over that fact no matter what you say

Danny Snape: So we are in no better position than we was with Murray,,, really don’t get it???

Graham Foulds: ….and still bottom of the league so this is good because?

@Squireofthegate: Good luck for the rest of the season, Chris.

@nlmusings: Not a huge surprise. Beech has done an excellent job since stepping into the dugout. Consistent selection, shape and idea. Appointment gives them stability in their battle to avoid the drop now.

@tomhwilliams23: Finally made permanent boss – always felt it was going that way the longer they went without an announcement. Hopefully make a good fist of keeping them up 💪

John Taylor: Last time I looked ‘Pep’ wasn’t on the Market and in Chris, as far as I can judge, we have a great human being. He always comes across as the ultimate professional and treats the lads with respect and above all gives positive encouragement. Good will out I am sure. Keep up the good work Chris. You have my backing 100% and I am made up that you have this opportunity. C’mon you Coasters, we can do this.

Peter Burns: Good luck Chris.

David Rainford: Wise decision, good pro.

Duncan JS Whitehead: Seems a very decent man

AFC FYLDE’S REMAINING FIXTURES:

Sat 23 Dec (H) Dagenham & Redbridge – National League – 3pm
Tue 26 Dec (A) Rochdale – National League – 3pm
Mon 1 Jan (H) Rochdale – National League – 3pm
Tue 9 Jan (H) Hartlepool United – National League – 7.45pm
Sat 13 Jan (A) Aveley – FA Trophy 4 – 3pm
Sat 20 Jan (A) York City – National League – 3pm
Tue 23 Jan (H) FC Halifax Town – National League – 7.45pm
Sat 27 Jan (H) Bromley – National League – 3pm
Sat 3 Feb (A) Dorking Wanderers – National League – 3pm
Sat 10 Feb (A) Eastleigh – National League – 3pm
Sat 17 Feb (H) Barnet – National League – 3pm
Tue 20 Feb (H) Solihull Moors – National League – 7.45pm
Sat 24 Feb (A) Boreham Wood – National League – 3pm
Sat 2 Mar (H) Maidenhead United – National League – 3pm
Sat 9 Mar (A) Chesterfield – National League – 3pm
Tue 12 Mar (A) Kidderminster Harriers – National League – 7.45pm
Sat 16 Mar (H) Wealdstone – National League – 3pm
Sat 23 Mar (H) Oxford City – National League – 3pm
Fri 29 Mar (A) Oldham Athletic – National League – 3pm
Mon 1 Apr (H) Gateshead – National League – 3pm
Sat 6 Apr (A) Ebbsfleet United – National League – 3pm
Sat 13 Apr (H) Southend United – National League – 3pm
Sat 20 Apr (A) Woking – National League – 3pm

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