Returning Whitchurch Alport boss Luke Goddard has pledged to bring the good times back to Yockings Park, following his re-appointment as manager.

Goddard, replacing his own successor Matt Burton after stepping up the role of interim chairman last year, was appointed back as Reds boss on Thursday by chairman Tony Rogers.

Having guided Alport into the North West Counties League Premier Division last summer, Goddard is ready to go again, knowing that the club is in a more-than-stable position off-field.

“Firstly, I'm grateful for the opportunity to be able to manage this great football team again, in what will be a new start and journey once we are allowed to return," he said.

"The past six months have been very difficult but off the field, the club is in its strongest position since I joined as manager originally four years ago.

"After numerous discussions with Tony, I couldn’t not be attracted to returning as first-team manager and help the club push forward out of this current pandemic and unearth more potential.

"It is in agreement that I will solely manage the first team and with that I shall relinquish all of my other roles at the club over the next few weeks.

"This is to ensure that my complete focus is on the pitch just as it was when I first joined.

"My message to all supporters is 'together, we will bring back the good times, do things the Alport way and deliver a team that makes our great town proud'.

"Please stay safe for now and take care."

Rogers made the announcement on the club's social media channels, and he admits that once Goddard was interested in a return, there was no other options discussed.

He added: "It is with great pleasure that Whitchurch Alport Football Club can confirm the re-appointment of Luke Goddard to the role of first team manager.

"Having advertised the vacancy, the club was pleased to receive in excess of 30 applications, many of which were extremely creditable.

"However, once Luke initiated discussions for returning to the role, he became the clear favourite. With his well-documented track record of achievements before and during his time as Alport manager, we felt it was an opportunity not to be missed.

"Having worked closely with Luke in our roles as co-chairmen, his passion and drive for all things Alport shines through as strongly as ever. Finally, and of great importance, our fans, I know, will be delighted to see Luke back in the hot seat.

"We wish Luke every success in his return to management."