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Watson back in Southport hotseat

Blue Square North

Southport have confirmed former manager Liam Watson will take charge of the Blue Square North side again.

The 38-year-old had a successful spell at the club between 2003 and 2006, winning the Conference North title and ensuring survival the following season.

Watson, who has quit Burscough to move, succeeds Gary Brabin at Haig Avenue.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I work at Ashworth Hospital and that is my main priority [but] I can fully commit to managing Southport."

One of the main reasons Watson left Southport in 2006 was their decision to go full-time and the impact that could have had on his career away from football.

Watson now feels he will be able to juggle the demands of a full-time job and managing Southport.

"I'm not going to jump into a decision but I've got a vision in my mind of which way we are going."

In addition to Watson's return, Southport have announced they have signed Ciaran Kilheeney from Burscough.

Other signings are going to be very quickly following [Ciaran Kilheeney] through the door

New Southport boss Liam Watson

Kilheeney was the top scorer in Blue Square North last season and has signed a two-year contract with Southport.

Watson added that he may be tempted to sign some more of his former players from Burscough.

"Kilheeney was already transferred to Southport from Burscough, which is a massive signing for the club, others are going to be very quickly following through the door.

"If you manage someone as a player, you get to know their strengths and you get to know their weaknesses.

"There are a number of players [he is interested in] as when I left Southport there was a two-league gap between Burscough and Southport, now there isn't."

Watson has joined Southport with the blessing of his long-time friend and Burscough chairman Chris Lloyd, who is currently suffering from illness.

That situation has led to a major financial review of the Blue Square North club.

Watson is Southport's third boss in three months after Gary Brabin quit to join Cambridge.

see also
Southport hope to name boss soon
27 Jun 08 |  Non League
Cambridge name Brabin as new boss
24 Jun 08 |  Cambridge Utd

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