by Rob McKay · 05/06/2019
West Didsbury & Chorlton are delighted to confirm the appointment of Brad Cooke as its new men’s team manager. Robert Sadler and Warren Jones will also join the club as part of the new management team.
Following the departure of Dave Powell last week the club has moved quickly to appoint a new manager following a short application process in which more than 30 candidates applied for the role.
Cooke, 33, joins the club from Northwich Victoria whom he captained last season as they reached the Semi-Finals of the FA Vase and lifted the Mid-Cheshire Cup. Prior to his stint with the Vics he made 265 appearances (scoring 40 goals from midfield) in a 6 year stint with Atherton Collieries which saw him lift the NWCFL Division One, Premier Division, Macron Cup and Evo-Stik League Integro Cup.
Brad is joined at the club by his assistant Robert Sadler who also arrives from Northwich Victoria for whom he was the clubs goalkeeping coach. Sadler has previously spent time as goalkeeping coach with Ramsbottom United and Atherton Collieries as well as time with Atherton LR and Prestwich Heys as a player.
Warren Jones also joins the club as First Team coach having previously been Assistant Manager at Atherton Collieries in which he oversaw the team's promotion from the NWCFL followed by a spell as manager of Atherton LR.
Manager Brad Cooke said; “I am delighted to be taking over the management role at West Didsbury & Chorlton Football Club.
“The club has massive potential and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. I want to say a massive thanks to the committee for putting their trust in me.
“Myself and my management team (Rob Sadler and Warren Jones) will be doing everything we can to ensure this club gets back to where we believe it belongs. We want to ensure that we match the progression that has been made off the pitch. I am sure the fans will get behind me, my staff and players and I look forward to meeting you all very soon!
“Come on, West!”
Co-Chair Rob McKay spoke of the appointment; “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Brad and his coaching staff to the football club. As a player, Brad is someone I’ve admired for a long time and is someone who has earned universal respect throughout non-league football for his committed performances on the pitch.”
“We had a huge number of responses to our advert for manager and we interviewed four excellent candidates of which all those present were unanimous that Brad and Rob were the clear outstanding choice to take our club forward on the pitch.”
“As a person Brad’s not just been a leader but an ambassador for whichever club he’s played for and has been a driving force in galvanising those clubs. It's been evident from the first minute that he’s not just passionate about building a football team but also growing a football club. Steve and I are confident that we’re not just in for one of the most exciting seasons ahead but also bright long term future!”
Updates on the management team's first few weeks in the job will be communicated through the website and social media channels, and all at the club look forward to seeing how they implement their vision for our Men's team over the coming months.
Season ticket sales are set to be at an all time high once the campaign gets underway - and all holders earn free entry to our pre-season fixtures, where you will be able to get your first glimpse of Brad Cooke's side as they prepare for what we hope will be a hugely successful 12 months. Find out how you can purchase yours and see the club's new chapter unfold here: https://wdcfc.co.uk/2019-20-season-tickets-prices-frozen-on-sale-now/