National League side Chester have today seen their Assistant Manager, Ian Sharps, join Walsall as first team coach.

Former centre back Sharps hung up his playing boots at the end of last season as he became Jon McCarthy’s number 2 at the Deva Stadium.

The 36 year old, who had spells at Tranmere, Rotherham and Shrewsbury Town, joins the League One side as replacement for recently departed Dean Holden.

On his new role, Sharps told the Express & Star, “I feel very privileged to have been offered the job and I can’t wait to get started”

“I enjoyed my time at Chester but this was too good a prospect to turn down. I’m an ambitious man and I want to continue to progress”

Saddler’s boss, Jon Whitney seems pleased to have his new addition, stating “His (Sharps) philosophy fits the way I coach and the way I want to bring players through.”

Sharps leaves Chester sitting in 12th place, whilst his new club find themselves 14th as they look to better last seasons disappoint defeat in the Play-Off Semi-Final.

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