Last Wednesday it was announced that Matt Barnes had stepped down as manager of NWCFL Premier Division side Barnoldswick Town - but less than a week later, he has been brought in by Prestwich Heys as their joint-manager alongside Jon Lyons.
Barnes is a former Heys player and arrives at Adie Moran Park with the First Division North side sitting tenth in the standings, having accumulated 16 points from their opening 11 games.
Lyons said on the appointment, “I think now is the perfect time to bring someone in. I think we have got lucky that someone of Matt’s pedigree is available. He’s done a fantastic job at Barnoldswick and previously at Maine Road, so I was very keen to move quickly and speak to him. I have known Matt for a long time and we had a great meeting last night. I believe with Matt now on board with Myself, Jacob Wood, Danny White and Cathal McLoughlin we can start pushing the club forward again and push for promotion.”
Speaking after his appointment was confirmed Matt said, “I’m delighted to be coming on board with Jon as joint manager of a club that I have played for and have continued to follow from afar and I have seen the magnificent work that he has put in over the years.”
"Jon spoke to me on Saturday and asked me if I would be interested so we arranged a meeting for Monday night."
"As soon as we spoke everything just seemed to fit for both myself and Jon and I’m sure we will take the club forward and achieve promotion to the North West Counties Premier Division."
“I have known Jon for 15/16 years so I have no doubt everything will work. I’m looking forward to meeting all the lads and preparing for Saturday’s Macron Cup tie at home against a tough Winsford side “
Barnes, who also played for Salford City, Trafford FC, Ramsbottom United, Atherton Collieries, Walshaw Sports and Elton Vale has managed at Maine Road and latterly Barnoldswick.
He added, "Since leaving Barnoldswick I have received great support and thank everyone for that but now all I am focused on is my new club, Heys. I can’t wait to get back in the dugout on Saturday. I just want the fans to know myself and Jon know exactly what we want and we will do everything in our power to get that. I can’t wait to get going”
Heys next match is on Saturday when they face Winsford United in the First Round of the Macron Cup.