Chester FC manager Steve Burr has strengthened his backroom team with the addition of ex-Flint Town United boss Chris Herbert.

Cymru Alliance outfit Flint announced on Saturday evening that Herbert had stepped down from his position as first-team coordinator and switched to the Blues.

The Chronicle understands Burr and Herbert had positive discussions over a possible role and the 37-year-old has now been given a chance with his hometown club.

Burr had been looking to bring someone in since Andy Fearn, who worked with him at Kidderminster Harriers, left to become New Mills manager in August.

Herbert, who grew up in Blacon, will help Burr and assistant manager Jon McCarthy through scouting potential targets, opponents and providing further support as needed.

Burr said: "Chris and I first spoke in the summer and since then we have kept in touch.

"He wants an opportunity to be involved at a higher level and he's going to come in and help Macca and myself. He will be watching matches, players and has said whatever we want, he will do.

"He has good contacts in the game and we're going to see how things go but I'm sure he'll do well for us."

Chris Herbert has held roles at several Welsh clubs including Gap Connah's Quay
Chris Herbert has held roles at several Welsh clubs including Gap Connah's Quay

Herbert, who was on the books of Chester City as a youngster, was a prolific scorer in local football before moving into the Welsh Premier League with Connah's Quay Nomads and Flint.

He has managed Welshpool, Conwy Borough, Cefn Druids and Flint, and held assistant roles at Rhyl and Connah's Quay.

In recent seasons Herbert, who is a Uefa qualified coach, has developed a reputation as one of the best connected managers in Welsh football.

He said "Leaving Flint was a very tough decision, my coaching team and myself have worked extremely hard on putting the squad together, and we feel the squad is ready to mount a serious challenge to get back in to the Welsh Premier League.

"But these opportunities don't come around very often, and to just be involved, it was a opportunity I could not let pass me by. Chester is my local club and its a great challenge to help Steve and Jon in anyway I can to push them on again.

"I've loved my time at Flint and would like to thank everyone at the club for the opportunity to manage them."