Following the departure of manager Shaun Airey back to Silsden AFC, Settle United AFC are delighted to announce that his Assistant Manager Danny Bathers has stepped up to become the First Team Manager ahead of the 2022/23 season. Danny will lead the side into the East Lancashire Premier Division following promotion last season in our first season back in the East Lancs leagues.
Chairman Craig Dinsdale said: “Danny has been part of the First Team management set-up for a few seasons now and we’re delighted he has taken the opportunity to lead the club forward as manager following Shaun’s departure. Of course, we were disappointed when Shaun took the offer from Silsden to go back there, his experience in the higher divisions brings so much to a club like ours. But that’s done and we now have a manager in Danny that is hugely passionate about Settle United AFC on and off the field.
“Danny’s philosophy is to develop the younger players into solid senior footballers and that’s something I know is right for this club. It will keep players with us for a long time and allows them to progress from youth football into senior football, being confident with it and wanting to come and play for many years to come.”
“Whilst youth development and quality coaching is part of his and our vision as a club, we all want to win and Danny is no stranger to that. He knows how to set a side up for success and working alongside Worthy, I’m confident we can achieve great things next season.”
Bathers will be joined by club legend David Worthington who becomes the club’s Assistant Manager. Worthy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the side having been the player-manager during what can only be described as our most successful era ever.
“I’m delighted Worthy has joined me as part of the club’s First Team management. His experience is second to none and having played with and under him for over a decade now, I firmly believe we can bring out the best in some quality young players.”
“I think the time was right for me to take the role on after what has happened with Shaun leaving the club to re-join Silsden’s backroom team. I’m excited for the challenge ahead and can’t wait to get going with a busy pre-season schedule and our first season back in the East Lancs Premier Division.”