KNUTSFORD FC have confirmed bringing in an additional manager and setting up a youth programme in a bid to turn their fortunes around.

Saturday's 3-1 defeat in their final game of the season left Nick Ward's side third from bottom of Cheshire Football League One in a campaign that followed relegation from the top flight.

Availability of players had been cited by Reds chiefs as an issue throughout the season and so steps are now being taken in a bid to improve matters.

A club statement reveals that Jordan Gunter has returned to the club.

"We are delighted to announce the return of former player and manager Jordan Gunter as co-manager with Nick Ward to work in tandem to recruit and develop new players to improve our existing squad," says the statement.

"The club recruitment will include local talent.

"Our principles do not change. How we play and conduct ourselves is more important than winning at all costs.

"We will always aim to play a ‘brand’ and style of football that the players enjoy playing and the supporters enjoy watching.

"Delivering a positive experience for our supporters remains paramount."

The statement adds: "The club is looking to re-start a youth programme as it aims to become more of a community club and are recruiting for a manager(s)

"If interested, experienced and ‘qualified’, please contact the club."

The Manchester Road club will be closed for maintenance on and off the pitch until June 26.

Pre-Season training will start on Tuesday, June 27, at 6.30pm and new players would be made welcome.