Morecambe Football Club has announced the appointment of Ged Brannan as the club’s new manager.
The 51-year-old has signed an 18-month contract at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium after initially arriving in September as First Team Coach and Senior Professional Development Coach.
No stranger to Shrimps fans, Brannan signed as a player in 2005 and went on to make more than 60 appearances, ultimately playing a key role in securing EFL status for the very first time following a 2-1 play off final victory over Exeter City at Wembley.
After hanging up his boots, the Liverpool-born and ex-Manchester City midfielder arrived back at Morecambe following a successful spell with Accrington Stanley in various roles, including U23s Manager, where he worked closely with a number of young players as they broke into the first team.
In a statement, Morecambe Football Club said: ‘’His track record of developing senior academy players by assisting their transition into the first team environment is a key characteristic which aligns with the Club’s strategic ambitions.
‘’Ged has an extensive network of contacts that he has forged throughout a distinguished playing career that has helped him as he crossed over into his coaching and management.
‘’In his short period of time since re-joining the Shrimps, he has quickly forged strong working relationships with playing and non-playing staff alike, matching the positive impact he has had on the pitch with a clear understanding of the importance of all parts of Morecambe FC working together off it.
‘’We feel Ged is the perfect appointment to take Morecambe Football Club forward, having seen off a large number of impressive and reputable names during the recruitment process.’’
Speaking following his appointment, Brannan said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be in charge of a Club like Morecambe.
“The fans are great, I’ve been here before as a player and I always loved it – as you can see, I’m absolutely buzzing, I’m just so glad the board have stuck by me and given me this opportunity.
“If they [the fans] are anything like Saturday at Wrexham, that’s all I can ask. Come down on Tuesday, sing your hearts out and get behind the team because you’re an extra player for us, you’ve been brilliant so keep it going.”