Former Spireite lands first managerial role

Kevin Davies at the Proact (Pic: Tina Jenner)
Kevin Davies at the Proact (Pic: Tina Jenner)

A man for whom footballing life began at Chesterfield has landed his first managerial role.

Kevin Davies, who applied for the Spireites job after the sacking of Gary Caldwell, has been named the new Southport boss.

The 40-year-old will be assisted by John Dreyer and both have signed two-and-a-half-year contracts with the National League North club.

Davies started out as a Spireite in his teenage years, scoring 30 goals in 159 appearances before a big move to Southampton.

He went on to play for Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End.

Davies said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the new Southport FC Manager.

“This is a great opportunity and the timing is right for me to step into management.

“Over my 22-year playing career I was privileged to work under some fantastic managers, including four who managed England.

“My career was built on hard work, passion and a strong desire to do whatever it takes to win a game of football.

“There is lots of hard work ahead and it is a challenge that I am relishing. This is a very exciting time to be involved with Southport FC with new investment to develop the stadium and infrastructure.”

Davies’ first game in charge will be at home against Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.