Carlisle United appointed Chris Beech as their new head coach on Tuesday. This is the 45-year-old’s first head coach position.
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— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) November 26, 2019
Beech was initially Rochdale’s under-18 manager from 2009 to 2013. He was briefly Rochdale’s caretaker manager for 6 matches from December 2011 to January 2012. His record was 3 losses and 3 draws. He returned to his role with the youth team after Rochdale hired John Coleman.
In January 2013, he was promoted to be the assistant manager under Keith Hill. It was a position he held until March of this year.
The former Blackpool midfielder is known for working with young players, and that is one of the main reasons he has been appointed at Carlisle.
This is what Carlisle chairman Hew Jenkins had to say about his new head coach:
“Chris has already stated that he has a huge belief in the development of young players and it goes without saying that he will work closely with Eric Kinder and Mark Birch going forward as they look to establish a clear and structured pathway, and as we look to continue the success we have had in that area recently.
“He has a proven track record in the identification and recruitment of players [note – Dale Stephens, David Worrall, Will Buckley, Scott Hogan, Jamie Allen and Andy Cannon £25 million] and he was known at Rochdale for strengthening the squad under budget to replace those players sold at a premium.”
Beech was at Rochdale when Newcastle target Luke Matheson came through the ranks. Matheson is a 17-year-old right-back who is now being tracked by a few Premier League clubs.
Carlisle travel to Forest Green for Beech’s first match in charge. We hope that this appointment proves to be a benefit for Newcastle’s Elias Sorenson, who just was not given a chance under Carlisle’s former manager Steven Pressley.