Chester FC: Jon McCarthy hails Tom Shaw appointment as assistant manager


Charlie Croasdale

Jon McCarthy intends to sign a ‘quality midfielder’ to help ease the burden for new assistant manager Tom Shaw.

Shaw, 30, was confirmed as Chester’s number two earlier this week, replacing Chris Iwelumo who is expected to remain at the club in a part-time role as striker coach for the 2017/18 season.

Midfielder Shaw, who holds a UEFA A Licence and has been coaching at Derby County’s academy, made 43 appearances for the Blues during the past season but is now expected to take a back seat in terms of playing duties and focus on his new role.

“I’m delighted to get Tom on board with the backroom staff,” explained McCarthy, who expects more players on Chester’s retained list to pen new deals over the coming days.

“We’ve spoken at length and in an ideal world we would like to bring in a central midfielder so that Tom isn’t really considered a starter.

"He has vast experience and that is vitally important and will be crucial in terms of coming off the bench and impacting on a game late on, as you at Torquay last season.

“But we’re looking at how we can move forward as a club and bringing in a quality midfielder is on our agenda. If Tom Shaw is still a regular starter then we won’t have been able to find that balance that we require.

“Tom will be crucial on the pitch if and when the situation arises. Tom has everything we wanted in terms of an assistant manager,” he added.

“He’s a high quality coach, he’s a real thinker, a student of the game. He commands the respect of his fellow players and he’s exactly what I wanted in the role.

“For a long time I’ve known I wanted Tom on board. His knowledge and leadership skills are first class and he’s going to make a real success of the role.” 

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