Wilder quits for Halifax

Alfreton Town FC have confirmed that Chris Wilder was officially appointed as manager of Conference side Halifax Town on Tuesday.

Alfreton Town FC have confirmed that Chris Wilder was officially appointed as manager of Conference side Halifax Town on Tuesday.

There was also a second and third blow for the Reds with the news that recently-acquired goalkeeper Lee Butler has followed Wilder as his assistant while Wilder has already persuaded Ryan Hindley to become his first signing at they Shay.

However, Reds chairman Wayne Bradley has given an assurance to the club's fans.

"While Wilder's movement from the club brings an element of disappointment, it will not create a compromise in the club's current ambitions which are to get to the UniBond League Premier Division as quickly as possible.

"Nothing has changed except that we will be attempting progression with different personnel. The scene is set for a new hero to make his mark. It is also a time for club members to show their character.

"The task of organising a replacement is already under way. As with the last managerial change, I appeal for our supporters to have patience and faith. We will be doing our utmost to make sure we make the right appointment again."

Alfreton's players returned to training on Tuesday and there was a massive feeling of resolve among the squad. Supporters will be calmed by the news that Mark Jules has nailed his colours to the mast and signed a one-year contract with a further one-year option. The same night Ryan France agreed a new two-year deal with a further one-year option while Mick Goddard has already signed a new two-year deal with a one-year option.

After being installed as Alfreton's manager last October, Wilder's fantastic achievements in just 27 weeks propelled him into the managerial spotlight and his former club moved swiftly to fill their vacancy by returning for him.

A month ago, Wilder requested permission to speak to Halifax Town after he had been approached by the chief executive of the Conference club. He was given that permission by Bradley despite having already signed a three-year deal with Alfreton as the Reds.

Wilder reported back that he was comfortable at Alfreton Town where he felt the club offered better prospects.

But it would appear Halifax liked what they had heard and pursued their interest further which resulted in better answers to previous questions Wilder had posed with regards to the Shay club's abilities and finances.

The official Halifax Town website halifaxafc.co.uk reported on Tuesday morning that: "Wilder will sign initially on a short-term contract while the club is in administration, but a two-year deal with an option of a further 12 months has been agreed once the club comes out of administration."

Also on the site, Halifax Town general manager Tony Kniveton spoke about the appointment of Wilder: "It was important that we appointed a manager that we all feel we can work with. Chris fits that bill. He is young, enthusiastic and hungry for success and we feel that these are the attributes that are key to the role as manager of Halifax Town AFC.

"His record at Alfreton Town speaks for itself. I spoke to Dave Bassett and Micky Adams about Chris and their view was that he is an upcoming young manager who will go far in the game."

Wilder said: "It has been a far from easy decision and one I have agonised over for hours. Alfreton are a great club and I have nothing but good to say about them, that includes the directors and groundstaff, the players, the management team and the brilliant supporters."