CHIPPENHAM Town has appointed Mike Cook as permanent first-team manager after a successful spell as caretaker boss.

The former Gloucester City chief took over the club in mid-January after the departure of Mark Collier and has helped steer the Bluebirds away from relegation trouble.

In the 10 games since taking charge, Cook has accumulated 18 points thanks to five wins and three draws, leaving Chippenham in 12th position in National League South.

After announcing the appointment last Wednesday evening, chairman Neil Blackmore said: “Mike has achieved a very noticeable improvement in team performance since his time in temporary charge.

“My board of directors and I were unanimous he should be offered the appointment as permanent first-team manager and felt that now was the right time to do so.

“I am delighted he has accepted the position. The marked difference in recent team performances is undoubtedly due to his approach and previous experience, and I look forward to working with Mike as we endeavour to take the Club forward both on and off the pitch.

“I am confident that Mike and his team, who he brings with him, will continue to build on the excellent start he has made at the club, and the CFTC board will do what it can to support him in that aim.”