BRADFORD City Women have appointed Chris Hames as new first-team manager.

The UEFA B licensed coach joins from FA Women's National League Northern Premier Division side Sheffield FC, where he progressed from development team manager to first team assistant boss in his three years with the club.

He has previously worked with Manchester Utd RTC, Crew Alexandra Ladies and Macclesfield Town.

His appointment comes after an extensive recruitment process, with over 15 applicants being whittled down to a final five from which Hames shone through at interview and in a practical session he led with the players.

He said: “The short term goal is about getting the squad all going in the same direction. We have a clear plan, that we fully believe will bring us the results we need to push us up the league. Along with that, it is all about everyone coming together and enjoying their football.”

It has been a tough period for the Bantams, who were relegated from the Northern Premier Division last season after losing all 24 games. That downward spiral has continued with the club currently bottom of Division One North.

Hames said: “I want to turn the ship. We are not hiding from the fact that the last year and half hasn’t been the most successful, but also not kidding ourselves that we are going to change that overnight. My target is to regroup and recharge towards building a good reputation for this club as a very competitive side."

Hames will take his first training session as boss this week before taking his seat in the dugout for the home game against Liverpool Feds on December 1.

When asked about what he is most looking forward to about his new role, he said: “Getting my hands dirty. I want to get involved with this club at all levels and work with everyone in helping drive its continued growth on and off the pitch.”

City paid tribute to Hames' predecessor Steve Winterburn, who stepped down recently for personal reasons, and thanked their existing coaches for pulling together during the interim period.