Lincoln United Football Club can confirm that Chris Funnell has been appointed as the club's Men's 1st Team Manager.
Funnell took charge of the team on an interim basis for the final nine games of the season, successfully guiding 'The Whites' in staying at 'Step 4' in the Northern Premier League. United picked up 11 points in their final six games: two draws and three consecutive wins in the final three matches. Such form saw 'The Whites' finish 3rd in the NPL East Division form guide and showcase a +7 goal difference.
United's new-manager is no stranger to the club having played for the club under the late-great John Wilkinson and Terry Fleming. Funnell returned to the club in 2019 as part of the new-board era and has been important in securing United's sustainability off the field. Additionally, Chris is the Women's 1st Team Manager, a role he will depart at the end of the season. In addition to managing a 'great escape', Funnell has also overseen a promotion and cup win with United's Women's 1st Team; with another cup final to come on the 22nd May.
United's Chairman, Lee Griffin, had this to say on the new appointment. "We are delighted to agree terms with Chris, he has been at the cornerstone of the club's progress off the field as Director of Football and his success in management of our Women’s first team with a cup win, promotion and a Cup final still to be played. Chris’ leadership as Interim Manager of the final 8 games was outstanding. Whilst we will miss him on the board and as head of the Women’s team, Chris has proven to be the natural choice for the permanent Manager of our Men's 1st team."
The new manager had this to say on his new role at the club. "I'm naturally excited to be given the opportunity to manage at this level of football, at a club that means a lot to me, whilst only being 32. The feeling on the final day of the season was one of the greatest feelings I've ever had in football, although, I hope we're not similar position this time next year.
Taking the role doesn't come without some sadness however. Leaving the Women's 1st Team comes with a heavy heart, a team I've been with for four years now but with a promotion, cup win and hopefully another - now is the right time for me to move on. I'm convinced the next manager will do a great job because there's a fantastic set of players there.
Looking ahead however, I'm now eagerly counting down the days until we can start back in pre-season but first and foremost, I'll be focusing on finishing 2nd in the league and winning the cup with the Women's 1st Team."