Stonehouse Town confirm former Portsmouth & Gloucester City midfielder as manager

Stonehouse Town have named former Gloucester City and Portsmouth midfielder Chris Burns as Manager for the 2020/21 season.

Burns joins the club after the departure of former management team Phil Orsborn and Ian Logan-Giles, who left earlier this month after one season in charge.

The Hellenic League Division One West side confirmed the appointment of Burns and Assistant & Physio Allan Gough on the club’s social media on Monday night.

In the statement the club described the appointment by saying that “Everyone involved can see the enthusiasm Chris and Allan have to push the club on and are delighted with their appointment.”

Burns, who has been player/manager for Gloucester City, Cinderford Town and Brockworth Albion over the years, started his professional football career with Cheltenham Town before joining Portsmouth in 1990.

After helping Pompey to the 1992 FA Cup Semi Finals, Burns would go on to have spells at Swansea City, Bournemouth and Northampton Town before two spells at Gloucester City where he made over 300 appearances spanning over nearly 8 years.

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Burns has spoken to Severn Sport and admits that whilst it was a difficult decision to join Stonehouse, he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“It wasn’t an easy decision and it took a good week to think about it, but after talking to Nigel the Chairman, the club want to go forward so we will give it our best shot.

I think our aim is the league above. We want to play good football that the players and supporters enjoy and hopefully we can have a run in the FA Vase.

Overall I am really looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can build a good U18s side that will see us have a lot of good players to give me headaches when trying to pick a team!” Burns said.

Burns has also opened the door to any prospective players to get in contact, whether already at the club or looking to join.

“I will be looking at what we have in the squad and make a decision on other players, but anybody is more than welcome to come to training and show me what they can do,” Burns added.

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