Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mike Norton signs new FC United deal

 Source: M.E.N.

 Fc United goal ace Mike Norton has given the Rebels a major boost by signing up for next season.

The former Curzon hitman has penned a new 12-month deal with FC, enhancing their hopes of challenging for the Evo-Stik Premier title next term and staving off interest in him from at least two Blue Square Bet North clubs.

Norton, who joined FC from Curzon a year ago, struck 32 times in his debut campaign with the Rebels, earning himself the captaincy along the way.

But, significantly, both he and his equally feared strike partner, Jerome Wright, were suspended for United's promotion play-off final defeat to Colwyn Bay.

FC boss Karl Marginson said: “I'm obviously delighted Norts is staying, not just for his strike rate but for his workrate and leadership, too.

“I want to keep our squad together as far as possible and I'm in discussion with other players about next season."

Norton committing his future to FC will also thrill the club's legion of fans, who have just voted him their play-of-the-season.

Meanwhile, the Rebels have announced they're to face their landlords Bury in a pre-season friendly at Gigg Lane on Saturday July 23.

Altrincham will tomorrow draw up a shortlist of candidates for their vacant manager's job, with interviews due to begin later this week.

Applicants have until today to register their interest in the position created by Ken McKenna's surprise resignation.

Robins chairman Grahame Rowley said: “We have a huge number of applications to sift through and there are some familar - and some interesting names - among them.”

Northwich Victoria's former Bury chief Andy Preece is being tipped as a strong contender to replace McKenna, who quit in the wake of Alty's relegation to Blue Square Bet North.

Alty's fans, meanwhile, have voted to retain the club's traditional red-and-white striped shirts for next season in favour of a proposed switch to red-and-back.

Hyde are also due to start interviewing for a new boss this week. Ex-Curzon Ashton chief Gary Lowe is regarded as favourite for the job.