JIMMY Evans believes Jordan Gunter deserves an opportunity to continue the work he started last season after appointing him as Knutsford’s manager.

The resignation of Jamie Mottershead, who was joint boss along with Gunter but will be prevented by his job from remaining in the role, has prompted a change at the Cheshire League club.

“It isn’t a surprise,” said Reds’ chairman.

“Jamie’s circumstances have changed and he’ll be spending more time out of the country which prevents him from committing to us with the same regularity.”

Mottershead, appointed along with Gunter last summer following Scott Dignan’s departure, will join committee at Manchester Road instead.

Reds’ new manager is expected to announce an assistant shortly.

Evans said: “Jordan is passionate about his football and will have learned an enormous amount last year.

“He was a good fit with Jamie, and they worked well as a combination, but it’s important for us we have continuity with somebody who understands the club’s philosophy and way of playing.”

Knutsford eased to a 5-0 win against Barnton’s under 21s in a friendly last Saturday when Bradley West, Brad Williams, Kallum McDonough and Mark Evans were on target.

They can expect a much sterner examination when Congleton Town, from the North West Counties League’s top-flight, arrive in town next Tuesday, kick-off 6.45pm.

Midfielder Nathan Okome won’t feature following his move to 1874 Northwich, while Jack Lever has signed for Winsford.