Dolly Blues manager Phil Brown appoints Dave McCann as his new number two

Dave McCann (left).
Dave McCann (left).

Lancaster have appointed former Squires Gate boss Dave McCann as the club’s new assistant manager.

The ex-Bamber Bridge stalwart this week accepted an invitation from City manager Phil Brown to join his backroom team at Giant Axe.

He is set to take his place in the Dolly Blues dug-out for this weekend’s home clash against Mossley in the NPL First Division North.

Brown has been working without an official assistant since replacing Darren Peacock as manager at the start of last month.

Full-back Rob Henry – who returned to City shortly after Brown’s arrival – and goalkeeper coach Dave Rogerson have been helping out with coaching duties on a temporary basis.

But the appointment of a permanent right-hand man is a huge boost for Brown.

McCann has vast experience operating at this level of football as a player.

And he has spent the last three years as manager of Squire Gate, helping them to their best ever final position in the North West Counties last season when they finished sixth in the Premier Division.

He lost his job at the start of this season after Gate had made a surprising poor start.

Brown, who works alongside his new assistant at Myerscough College, said: “I’ve known Dave a long time and he has a great knowledge of non-league football.

“I’ve been looking to bring somebody in because I have been working on my own to a certain extent since I became manager. But Dave is a very welcome addition and will fit right in at the club.”