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Jim Chapman Appointed

Sat, 20th May 2017 3:50pm

Clyde FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Chapman as first team manager.

Jim is a highly respected coach in the Scottish game, with over 15 years experience in managerial and development roles.

His managerial career started with Kilmarnock Ladies in 2001 and, over a three year period, he led the team to various honours including two Premier League Championships, two Scottish Cups, a Premier League Cup and UEFA Women's Cup representation.

In 2005, Jim moved onto his next post, with a two-year spell in charge of Albion Rovers.

His next appointment was in December 2007 as manager of Dumbarton. The following season, Jim led The Sons to the League 2 title, before he stepped down from the post in 2010 to take on a development role within the club.

In January 2013, Jim returned to first team management with Annan Athletic. In the following four seasons, The Galabankies consistently featured at the top end of the League 2 table and reached the promotion play-offs twice, including a third place finish in the 2016-17 campaign just ended. However, the Dumfries and Galloway club were knocked out in the semi-final last week after a 6-4 aggregate defeat to Forfar Athletic.

During his time at Galabank, Jim also steered Annan to a memorable Scottish Cup victory, with a 4-1 win over Premiership side Hamilton Academical in January 2016. That also followed another shock result in the previous year, as Annan knocked out Championship side Livingston with a 3-2 victory.

As a player, Jim featured for both Albion Rovers and Dumbarton, before his career was ended at the early age of 25 due to injury.

Jim has agreed terms on a two-year contract with The Bully Wee and will formally commence his duties on 29th May, following a family holiday.

Clyde chairman, Norrie Innes said: "The Board has just completed a rigorous appointment process and Jim was one of a most impressive list of candidates interested in the post.

"Jim progressed immediately to the shortlist stage and at this point the Board were challenged in their considerations, as the candidates certainly were, in their respective ways, very different. It was an essential requirement that the manager meets the necessary criteria, but also, beyond that, has the core human qualities that will help to shape the footballing and social culture at the club. 

"Over the years, Jim has contributed a lot to the game and sport in general and this has largely been within the environment of the very demanding lower leagues. He now has the appetite for a fresh challenge. Jim has left Annan Athletic - and the many good people at a fine club - to help Clyde progress to a higher level. He demonstrated a very strong desire to join Clyde and this was very important to us.

"Jim is looking forward to working closely with myself and the Board, as we are with him, on the challenge of rebuilding the squad for the season ahead. Step by step, we will use our best endeavours to make real and sustainable progress on the footballing side. We all know that winning three points is the oxygen to so many things within and around the club and that is what we will focus on.

"I would also like to thank all those who applied for the position, especially Peter MacDonald and Jon Paul McGovern who both have very real qualities that will serve them well in the future."

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