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Nelson Football Club have moved quickly to replace manager Paul Fildes, who departed last week, and yesterday confirmed the appointment of former Claret Phil Eastwood as manager, with Gerry Harrison joining him as first team coach.

phil eastwoodNelson’ chief exec Adam Keizer said: “We’ve had some really good applications for the job but once we met with Phil it was clear he was the outstanding candidate and so we wanted to move quickly to appoint him as new manager ahead of our original deadline.”

Eastwood has already added to his team with Jerome Fitzgerald coming in as assistant manager and Harrison as coach.

Eastwood came through the youth system at Burnley and in 1995 scored the winner in the final of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup against Manchester City at Maine Road. He made his first team debut against Watford at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the 1997/98 season and went on to play sixteen league games for the Clarets, scoring once in a 4-1 defeat at Preston in the following season.

He moved into non-league football having been released by Burnley in May 1999, playing for such as Morecambe and Southport in the Conference, but his playing career came to an end when he joined Preston as a coach in their centre of excellence in 2009 after he’d had a spell as player/manager at Rossendale.

He’s also worked for the Lancashire FA and was more recently the assistant manager at Nantwich Town. He now takes over at a club who have three more former Burnley youth players currently in their squad, goalkeeper Callum Jakovlevs and full backs Waqas Azam and Tom Bradley.

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