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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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New Annan boss keen to forge closer links with Carlisle Utd

New Annan Athletic boss Jim Chapman hopes to develop strong links with neighbours Carlisle United.

Chapman plans to make contact with his Blues counterpart Greg Abbott once he has settled into his new job at Galabank following his appointment at the weekend.

Annan defender Steve Swinglehurst last season joined Annan on loan from the Blues in a bid to get games under his belt, before joining the Scottish Division Three side permanently in the summer.

Chapman hopes both clubs can benefit if they establish a close working relationship.

Chapman said: “We know our place and where we are in the game, but there’s no harm in trying to establish links with Carlisle United.

“There may be potential to help each other with player exchanges and loans.

“I think it is important to try to develop links with other clubs and I’ll be using my network of contacts with clubs on both sides of the Border.”

After taking his first training session at Annan last night, Chapman’s first game in charge will be at Stirling Albion on Saturday.

The 47-year-old has previously been in charge of Dumbarton, and helped the Sons win the Third Division title in 2008/09 before resigning in October 2010.

He still works full-time at Dumbarton, where he has been responsible for implementing their youth and community programmes, but found the lure of returning to management too strong to turn down.

“I like to be at the cutting edge and I’m also a people person and I like to develop players,” he said.

“The break has been a good thing and I feel as if I’ve matured as a coach. When you’re not involved you get the opportunity to watch and learn.

“I’ve helped to take Dumbarton into the heart of the community and we also have a vibrant youth policy with 14 players from out youth team.

“What excites me most about Annan is seeing the drive and energy of the people involved.

“It’s all about setting appropriate goals and targets and trying to get everybody to maximise their potential and I’ll help them develop as best I can.”

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