Soulsby ready for Cramlington challenge

Chris Soulsby.
Chris Soulsby.
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CRAMLINGTON United FC have appointed Chris Soulsby as the new manager of the Northern Alliance division two team.

Soulsby, 24, joined the club two months ago from Seghill Juniors where he had been coaching the under-15s.

He was about to start work on setting up an adult male team at Seghill when Cramlington chairman Jonathan Buck and the vice-chairman Ray Armstrong were able to show him what United had to offer and showed their vision for the club’s future.

Soulsby was immediately impressed and showed no hesitation in joining as the new manager of the under-9 Lions team.

It was not long, however, for Soulsby’s abilities to show and at the recent CUFC presentation event at Kingston Park he was approached about the newly vacant manager’s position for the Alliance team.

He did not need persuading and immediately accepted the challenge.

Soulsby said: “I was honoured the club has put their faith in me and I’m proud to become the new manager.

“It’s a big step for a young manager such as myself but I feel that this opportunity will get the best out of me.”

He will be assisted in his new role by Kevin Hastings, who will offer his vast experience and skills, and along with a largely brand new squad of players it promises to be an exciting season ahead.

Soulsby has big ambitions for the team and promotion is a definite target in the coming seasons.

He also sees the Northern Alliance team as being in a unique position sitting atop the CUFC ‘family’ of teams and as such will play a key role in the promotion and the growth of the football club.

He will continue in his position with the Lions but as well as this he is keen to be active and involved across the whole of the club.

The team’s season in the Northern Alliance kicks off on Saturday, August 13, with an away trip to New Fordley.