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Fans pleased with FC Halifax Town over quick new managerial appointment

Fans have been left pleased with FC Halifax Town over their new managerial appointment announced this Saturday evening.

Chris Millington is the new man in charge after Pete Wild made the decision to leave the club in order to take up the first team manager’s job at Barrow.

Millington has been part of the The Shay set up since 2019 and has a coaching role at Curzon Ashton on his CV as well as the senior team and youth team roles at Oldham.


Following the departure of previous manager Pete Wild, the Club has chosen not to officially advertise the ‘Manager’ vacancy, until options had been considered.

Following a full interview process, FC Halifax Town is delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Millington as the new First Team Manager of the Club.

Having been the previous Assistant Manager supporting Pete Wild, Chris has been with the Club for three seasons. During that time he has contributed significantly to the improvement in our league position and during that period the Club has achieved three top ten positions two of which included play-off campaigns.

It is strongly felt that continuity if at all possible is a positive way to move forward and build on the current foundations.

Chris has been very keen to demonstrate both his passion for the Club and his desire and ability to be allowed to progress into the position of First Team Manager.

As we have striven to do with previous appointments, we are delighted not only to give players opportunities to further their careers, we are also pleased to do the same for managers.

We wish Chris every success in his new role and the job starts immediately to build a squad for the 2022-23 season.

We will also be seeking to appoint a new ‘Assistant Manager’ in the next couple of weeks.

We wish Chris every success in his new appointment.


When asked what he feels the next Town boss will be inheriting at The Shay, Pete Wild said: “I think they’re inheriting a club as one, players, staff, the club is as one.

“I think there’s a clear youth development pathway for our players within the building, I think there’s a core of excellent players there that are desperate to keep pushing forward with the football club, and I think that we’ve learned the lessons of the last three years of what it now takes to be at the top end, on and off the pitch.

“I think the club’s in a fantastic position with an ambitious owner who just wants the best for the football club.

“I feel he’s given me every support and every means necessary this year, with the Covid loan hanging over him, to succeed and I can’t thank him enough for that.”

As mentioned, fans have been left rather pleased with FC Halifax Town over their quick new managerial appointment…

@NLBIBLE4: I was expecting him to go with wild tbh. In Milly we trust

@rbirtie: All the very best Chris, let’s finish off what we’ve started… #fcht

@alansmith1962: Tremendous, great news,with Wrexham losing this has made my day.

@Jimtownfan: Yes I’m buzzing with that. Go on Chris lad support u all way mate. Come on the Shaymen

@CoachsHotline: Brilliant! Great to see promotion from within.

@MarkFCHT: Great appointment the very best of Luck Milly

@SteveHaleGK: Yes Milly!!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👌🏼👌🏼 what a guy, wish him all the success in the world

@adiehollands3: 👏🏻👏🏻 the perfect appointment to steady the ship… makes complete sense to me

@MattySwift: Delighted with that appointment, was worrying that we would’ve taken a step back! Up The Shaymen 🔵⚪️

@HollingdrakeTom: Very happy with that one

@RossHeslop91: Oh wow, unexpected, and very pleased with this! Forza Milly 💙

@LewisKilduff2: Come on, love that💙💙💙

@Nwrighty18: Delighted with that! I’m more shocked that Pete has gone without his loyal right hand man! #fcht

@Shayman83: Like this C’monnnnn Milly bring it home boss ⚪️🔵⚪️🔵⚪️🔵

@avess_amran: Great appointment 👏👏👏

@FchtMarkd: 🎶 Millingtons Barmy Army 🎶

@andrewmarkham3: Well, thats a pleasant surprise

@DannyMurgatroyd: Yesssssssss

@james_rothery8: Brilliant move up the Shaymen

@JakeCrilley: That will do

@Nwrighty18: Milly knows Halifax > Barrow. #FCHT

@Sparksy_3: Very happy man we can all calm down now!

Robert Brown: Didn’t expect that! Brilliant.

Danny Jones: Awesome yes milly

Karl Petch: Keep in house we could a Liverpool backroom staff promoted

Aqib Javid: Great appointment. Happy with that, having been Wild’s number 2 last season! Be interesting to see who we retain and which new players come in! 💙

Scott Rennocks: Great news some one who knows the club and the team to takes us forward 💯💯

Nigel Scanlon: This will tell us, whether wild or milly was doing all the backroom work

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