Chesham United Announce Managers’ Contract Extensions
Chesham United Football Club is delighted to announce that management duo James Duncan and Michael Murphy have agreed a contract extension until the end of the 2022/23, with an option for a further years extension.
“This is simply brilliant news” said Chairman Peter Brown, “as it gives us all the stability to focus our attention on our goal of getting Chesham United promoted to the National League South. As a Board we are very excited about the prospect of what James and Michael can achieve and we look forward to working with them to build a club, not just a team, that we can all be proud of.”
After signing their new deal, James & Michael said, “We’re absolutely delighted to commit our future to the club with this extension. Our thanks go to the Chairman and board of directors for showing their faith and trust in us. The last two years have been difficult seasons for all at Non League levels with two curtailed seasons but we hope now that the 2021/22 season will see a return to normal and a very successful season for the Generals as we look to push forward the National League South.
A big thank you to all of the supporters for your continued backing and unwavering commitment to the club. It really means a lot to us and the squad to hear your support at games home and away. Up the Chesh”
Appointed as Joint Managers in October 2018, James and Michael have made a fantastic start to their time at the Meadow, guiding the Generals from bottom with 1 win from 11 leagues games at their appointment to a 10th place finish with a fantastic run of form to escape relegation in their first season.
In their first “full” season at the Meadow, James and Michael guided the club to a 2nd place finish in the COVID-19 curtailed 2019/20 season and then a strong start to the 2020/21 season before COVID-19 lockdowns again curtailed the season. Winning 24 of the 40 league games played over those 2 curtailed seasons with 78 points gained.
Prior to joining Chesham, James and Michael were at Potters Bar Town, where in the 2017/18 season they led the Hertfordshire club to promotion into the Bostik Premier Division, before leaving with Potters Bar comfortably settled into the top ten of the new higher division.
“When we made the appointment back in 2018, we were hugely impressed by the enthusiasm, knowledge and professionalism of both James and Michael.” Peter Brown explains “They shared our vision for what this club can achieve, and we were well on track to do that pre-COVID, yet they have stayed focused throughout the unprecedented last two seasons, and we are all very much looking forward to the season ahead.”
The General’s 2021/22 pre-season campaign gets underway next Friday 9th July as we host Wycombe Wanderers, followed by Premier League new boys Watford at the Meadow.