Dave Challinor extends contract as AFC Fylde manager

Manager Dave Challinor (right) signs his new contract with AFC Fylde owner David Haythornthwaite    Picture: AFC Fylde
Manager Dave Challinor (right) signs his new contract with AFC Fylde owner David Haythornthwaite Picture: AFC Fylde
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Dave Challinor has signed a two-year contract extension as AFC Fyde manager, keeping him at Mill Farm until June 2021.

The 42-year-old has been in charge at the club since November 2011, overseeing three promotions.
The Coasters reached the play-offs in their first National League campaign and Challinor is now the fourth-longest-serving manager in England’s top five divisions.
Challinor said: “I’m really pleased to sign a new deal. There was only a year left on my existing deal and there was always a plan to have another discussion after a season in the National League.
“For David (Haythornthwaite, owner) and the club to come to me and offer me an extension is really pleasing. We did a good job last season and perhaps over-achieved on what some people expected.
“To commit for a longer period is great because it’s a job that I really enjoy. For the club to have the faith and belief in me being the man to take the club on to the next level is very flattering.
“We are just one step away from the plan we put in place years ago but it’s the biggest step. We have been successful every season and it has been a fantastic journey to be a part of.
“In every season since we joined, we have either won the league, been promoted or been involved in the play-offs.
“We just have to keep building and moving forward individually, as a management team and as a squad. Off the pitch has been fantastic too and there are more exciting developments ahead.”
The former Tranmere, Stockport and Bury right-back won promotion in his first season as a manager with Colwyn Bay before joining the Coasters.
Named manager of the year after winning National League North in 2016-17, Challinor is now looking forward to another exciting campaign.
He added: “Our expectations and ambitions haven’t changed for next season. Whether people think we over-achieved, under-achieved or got what we deserved last season, it makes no difference to us. We have our own motivations and football is about winning.
“We know that next season will be a lot tougher than last season. I don’t expect there to be a runaway team but I think that the under-achieving teams from last season will be improved.
“In my opinion, the teams coming into the division are stronger than those that have gone out, particularly in terms of budget.
“However, we still want to improve on what we did last year. The first aim for everyone will be getting to 50 points and securing their position, but from there an awful lot will want to get into those play-offs, ourselves included.”

Haythornthwaite said: "I am delighted we have been able to extend Dave's contract for another two years and to three in total. There was never any doubt.

"We have never once discussed the manager's position and why would we? I think it brings the continuity and stability we need in a very turbulent industry and at the same time lets Dave know we have confidence in him to get us out if this division.

"We have worked together for six years now and have a great working relationship. I know Dave loves this club as much as I do and it shows in everything he does day in, day out.

"The fact he is now the fourth-longest-serving manager in the top five divisions I think says a lot about Dave and a lot about the club.

"I intend to give Dave the resources he needs to succeed and I am confident there is no-one better qualified out there to lead us to the promised land."