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New manager at Buxton; departures at Chorley, Halifax and Dartford

A new manager has been appointed at Buxton while there are also departures at Chorley, Halifax and Dartford as focus turns to 2022/23.

It’s been a busy week of non league managerial changes with Jamie Vermiglio resigning at Chorley and then being appointed at newly promoted side Buxton.

Meanwhile, Dartford have chosen to sack manager Steve King after missing out on promotion from National League South.

The Darts failed once again on promotion via the playoffs, this time from a penalty shoot-out defeat against Chippenham, two weeks ago in a play-off eliminator.

Halifax have also seen Pete Wild leave having also lost in the National League playoffs, this week it was against Chesterfield.


We can confirm that Manager Pete Wild has left the club to pursue a new opportunity. We’d like to put on record our sincere gratitude to Pete for an exciting three seasons, achieving two playoff finishes and a top ten finish… a very credible record.

Wild was announced as Manager on the 24th July 2019, just ten days prior to the first game of the season. The squad was not yet complete and four more players were signed prior to the first fixture of the season against Ebbsfleet United, but any fears of players not settling in were quickly alleviated as Town ran out 4-1 winners with Nathan Clarke scoring one of the best goals of the season. The Shaymen started the season on fire, dropping points in just three of the first ten games. Wild’s first season in charge was certainly unique with the suspension of all fixtures after the 15th March due to Covid-19.

After a four month gap in playing, Town faced Boreham Wood in the eliminator stage of the play-offs, losing 2-1 despite taking the lead early on, a commendable effort considering the structure of the squad at the time of Pete’s arrival.

The following season saw an overhaul to the squad as Wild sought to bring in his own players amidst the turbulence of whether the season would even go ahead. The 2020/21 saw a season without fans and the lack of any atmosphere in every game. In complete contrast to the previous season, Town stuttered out of the blocks picking up just one win in the first nine league games before bursting into life against Barnet at home. 13 goals were scored in a week with wins against Barnet, Weymouth and Aldershot as the Shaymen were catapulted up the table. More strong form from February through April saw Town sitting in the playoff spots with just a month remaining in the season. However poor form in May saw Town drop down to 10th, narrowly missing out on the playoff spots.

Wild’s final pre-season at the Shay saw more stability with less outgoings and more players committing to another season in West Yorkshire. Much like his first season, Town got off to a strong start with just two losses in the first 11 league games. The early parts of the season saw the Shaymen bag some massive wins including a 3-1 win against Southend United, 3-0 against Stockport County, and of course the 3-2 thriller against Notts County. Wild’s final season also saw his strongest performance for Town in the FA Cup. A replay win against Pontefract saw a 1st round tie against Maidenhead United which saw 11 goals, the highest scoring FA Cup fixture between two non-league sides since 1891.

Town ended the regular season with the best home record, the best defence, and the club’s highest finish since 2006.

Despite the disappointing conclusion to the campaign, Pete Wild gave us a memorable final season with some incredible moments and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.

Thank You Gaffer

The club will commence its search for Pete’s replacement, there will be no further announcement until our new manager is appointed.

Pete Wild’s regular league record at FC Halifax Town:
Played: 123
Won: 61
Drew: 24
Lost: 38
Points: 207/369

He got them in the playoffs in 2 out of the 3 seasons & narrowly missed out in the other campaign, he did an excellent job at The Shay.

He had been the favourite to takeover at League Two outfit Barrow, who are managerless, though have given followers online subtle hints change is coming.


Chorley Football Club have reluctantly accepted the resignation of manager Jamie Vermiglio, who leaves us to take on a new challenge.

We’d like to thank Jamie for the dedication he has shown to the club and for the part he has played in our successes over the past decade.

Jamie leaves us having amassed 165 games as first team manager in all competitions across four seasons – 61 wins, 46 draws and 58 defeat (232 goals scored/218 goals conceded) – two playoff campaigns, one promotion, two FA Cup first round appearances and a club record FA Cup fourth round appearance.

Jamie Vermiglio said: “I would like to thank Ken Wright (chairman and co-owner) and Graham Watkinson (Co-owner) for the opportunities they have provided for me at Chorley FC. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a player, coach, assistant manager and manager. Managing the club has been, without doubt, the highlight of my footballing career to date – one that has been such a privilege and an honour.

“I feel that I have always been fully invested in the life of the club, represented it with honesty and integrity and I have given everything I possibly could to play my part in making the club as successful as it has been in recent years.

“From helping to set up the first ‘soccer school’ and youth academy, as well as being a part of the introduction of the education programme. Of course, it’s all been topped off by being the first team manager, gaining promotion to the National League and helping the club to make history with our FA Cup run last season.

“Over time I’ve established really strong relationships with lots of people, including the very loyal supporters, some of whom I would consider friends for life. I am sincerely grateful for all the support you have shown me and the players, particularly during the most testing of times. The volunteers who give up so much of their time to the club have always been amazing to me, showing me what it means to represent the wonderful club – I appreciate them – they are the heartbeat of the club.

“I feel that I am leaving the club during a period of stability and consistency. The recent FA cup success, coupled with another season of play off achievement and of course, with fantastic players and staff in place.

“I have always and will always, love the football club. It is in my heart and has touched my life as well as the lives of my family, friends and even school community. I will be forever grateful for the memories the club has given me.

“Now I feel it is the right time for me to move on, to embark on my next challenge as a manager and try something new. I want to continue to learn new things, work with different people, in a different setting and with a different set of challenges. I thank Ken and Graham for understanding my decision and for allowing me take up a fresh challenge.”


Jamie Vermiglio, recently resigned as manager of Chorley, has been appointed team manager of Buxton FC to lead the Bucks in their first National League North season.

A former Chorley player and in charge for four years, Jamie, 39, achieved one promotion, two play-offs and a club record FA Cup fourth round appearance. He also set up a youth academy. Chorley finished sixth in the 2021/22 National League North, losing to York City in the play-offs.

Buxton chairman David Hopkins said the new manager shares the club’s ambitions: “Jamie is an ambitious young leader with experience at our new National League North level and above. We expect this to prove a great appointment.”

“I could not resist the chance,” said new team boss Jamie. “The ambition of the chairman and others within the club is most impressive. Coupled with the strong fan base and community involvement I was immediately drawn to the opportunity.

“The Bucks have experienced amazing league and cup success recently and now everyone is striving for more. I am looking forward to being part of that. Leaving Chorley wasn’t easy but it’s all about Buxton’s future now. We’re starting to get ready for pre-season and the great challenges that lie ahead.”


Following a lengthy discussion at our board meeting, the directors made the unanimous decision to dispense with the services of Steve King after a little over two and a half years.

In that time our league position has been a source of pride. Finishing in the play offs three seasons in a row is a huge achievement.

Steve King is clearly a talented manager hence his initial appointment.

However, Dartford FC is built on stability and the wider footballing and supporter family within the community.

Our recent approach to player recruitment, development and retention, though successful in terms of league position, hasn’t perhaps proved to be best fit for us and our ambitions / plans going forward. Steve is a talented professional manager but the board is very conscious of the responsibility we have to the club’s history and its future.

We would like to place on record our thanks to Steve King for his tireless efforts since his appointment and we sincerely wish him well in whatever he does next.

Fans reacted with a new manager at Buxton while there are departures at Chorley, Halifax and Dartford…


@Ethan641: welcome to the club! looking forward to the times ahead 🤍💙

@19Robert94: Welcome @jamievermiglio!!! Exciting times to be a buck ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

@James_Turnerr20: All the best vermo, I know you’ll absolutely smash it there 🖤🤍

@clegg_mc: Great appointment that.

@craytay7: Fantastic Appointment!! Well done to all involved bringing this about. Welcome to The Silverlands @jamievermiglio

@Sivadam: Best wishes for next season. @Buxton_FC are back where they should be – the top 2 tiers of NL football. It has been a long time since we were there.

@phil_kentrigger: Welcome to Buxton Jamie 🙏 here’s hoping to success

@alexsmart1994: All best vermo top manager fantastic move for you 👌⚽

@naturalbodybui6: Always comes across well in interviews. Think this is a very good appointment by the board.

@vermo71267536: Good luck Jamie, we’ll be over for a few games to cheer you and your new team on.


@StefWillo: Ah no. Will be truly missed not just for being a great manager but also treating everyone so well and with so much respect. Will miss you @jamievermiglio thanks for the memories and wish you every success 😢

@alexsmart1994: What a top man And fantastic manager, he will be missed by loads, he did all he could for the club, wish him all the best in his new chapter ⚽💙

@ianham08: Done a great job with the resources at hand. And how he managed the club with a FT job as a primary head never ceases to amaze me. Good luck to him.

@DavidFearnley8: Hes done a brilliant job overall and especially this season with an average squad and a lack of investment. Must have been so frustrating. In fact I know its been frustrating for a number if years but especially no after the cup run and cardwell sale. The board need to learn

@neilellison21: Wish JV all the best for the future, left us with some Great memories,Wigan, Wolves,Peterborough,Spennymoor to name just a few,Great bloke from running holiday club for kids to 1st team manager 👍 will be sorely missed around the place with his energy and humour 👍

@lizperkins7: Sad to see this news 😢 Mr V has done a brilliant job and will be a hard act to follow.


@AnthonyCope4: Wow he sorted that quick given we only got knocked out of playoffs on Tuesday 🧐 no wonder the players looked off it

@josh57256023: good luck pete! one of the best footballing seasons i’ve witnessed down at the shay

@SamualMykola: Announce Jim Gannon

@Nwrighty18: Thanks for everything Pete, one of the most enjoyable seasons supporting town in my lifetime. Good luck in the future 👏🏻

@martinbreynolds: Disappointing. Wanted a 2 year contract, gave him one then doesn’t honour it. Been a good couple of years but feels like we’ve gone backwards.

@HollingdrakeTom: Revitalised our club, Pete wild I salute you

@alastair_finn: Absolutely gutted. Best manager in years and really thought he’d get us up. Great manager and a super bloke too. Pete Wild’s barmy army 😢

@MatthewDLodge: Gutted but good luck Pete, you’ve done an amazing job on limited resources.

@whiteyroo: Shame, as an Oldham fan I was looking forward to us playing against him next season. He’s a good guy.

@CfcCrookes: Seeing as you didn’t go up he could have come to us after all. Can’t believe he’s left after doing so well for you cos would have definitely been pushing for promotion again next season

@maxsmith1905: Nice one sons crying


@hardyad_tony: Still feel the decision’s a little harsh considering SK’s record with us but I understand totally that the values of the Club must be upheld at all times and that, it would appear, is the reason for his sacking. We now need to move quick and appoint a manager to prep for 2022/23.

@DazzMace: Looking forward to seeing ya academy players making the step up soon then 👍

@CholwilI: Well written imo. Player retention/rotation has been a talking point amongst fans for the majority of the season, but as with most things, was highlighted more as our results started to slip. Thanks for the memories, SK. Now let’s look forward. 🖤🤍

@cybertelosian: True we never seemed to have a settled side. Thrashing someone one week, struggling against bottom sides the next. Felt letting Vint go and Wanadio on loan were surprising decisions.. We were riding high, then it all went pear shaped after beating Maidstone in the cup

@PJ_1885: Lewes fan here in peace. A very familiar story to us. We had the revolving door policy too. Our board came to a similar conclusion.

@SteveK157DFC: Totally correct decision. His constant chopping and changing made the club a bit of a joke in my opinion so it’s good that the board have acted to put that right. #DartsFC

@custard08: Glad he has gone to many changes and no plan b.

@NoakesSimon: @Ryanmax89734412 would do absolute wonders for you @dartfordfc. Proper manager players love playing for him an he gets the fans involved

@mattyjohnson18: If you want promotion then @Ryanmax89734412 is the man for this job! The most ambitious, hard working manager in non league 🤝

@a2milan: A bright manager who knows this division & successfully guided @braintreetownfc up at our expense a few years ago, who appears to have been let down by the hierarchy of the clubs that he has managed. Just imagine what he could go on and achieve with the support of the board. 🏆

@paulyb52: Certainly had a turn around of players in the season but if there’s better around than you have and the money is available you have to strengthen. Managers always want more £££ but the chairman has the pursestrings .

@SMMPCServices: So he wins Dartford 2 Kent Senior Cups in the same season and qualified for the playoffs but still gets sacked. Seems a little harsh.

@jimmycafc24: Money ran out?

@PaulReed01: Finishing 4th is now classed as failure is it. Bloody madness.

@rharrisoneal72: We should be challenging for the top spot so 4th was a failure. No shame in it but it was failure.

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