WORCESTER City have named the vastly experienced ex-Gloucester City boss Tim Harris as the club's new first team manager.

Gloucestershire-born Harris has enjoyed a 30-year managerial career to date, most noticeably with the likes of Gloucester and Newport County.

Harris has overseen promotions into the football league and National League at both clubs and will be hoping to end Worcester's 40 year wait without one.

He will take over from interim boss Craig Jones, who has been in temporary charge since Ashley Vincent's departure back at the start of December.

Fans will have to wait until at least the end of January before their new man can get stuck into the league campaign, as the Midland Football League is suspended until then due to the coronavirus restrictions across the region.

On his appointment, he said City was the "perfect" club for him and promised to work towards promotion.

“Worcester City FC is a great fit for me," he said.

"It goes without saying that this football club has a rich history and strong fan base, the board have managed expectations well and have got it into a good position to kick on now.

"The timing for me was perfect, the fact Worcester City hasn’t had a promotion for 40 years needs to change, and I’ll be working with the board towards that aim.

"I can’t wait to get going and the sooner football returns the better.”

The 61-year old took over at Gloucester back in 2006 and kept them from being relegated before he became director of football in the following season, where City gained promotion to the Football Conference (now National League) at the end of the 2009/10 season.

He then returned between 2013-2017 where he continually kept Gloucester in the National League North whilst the club were in exile.

Before that, Harris spent five years at Newport County with his second club as manager and a place where the Exiles won promotion to the Southern League Premier Division and drew with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in an excellent FA Cup run.

Harris had an additional spell at Newport County between 2008 and 2013 as Director of Football, where they had two promotions, two Wembley appearances and a return to the Football League after an absence of 25 years.

The CV is certainly stacked with experience in a variety of roles and City Chairman Steve Goode admitted Harris ticked all the boxes.

“We are really pleased to have secured Tim’s services as Manager," he added.

"His CV speaks for itself whilst his approach and values are very much in chime with our ambitions and methodology as a football club. "He ticks every box for us.

"We can’t wait for Tim to settle in and get going.”

After a playing career starting at Shrewsbury Town Youth, Harris went on to play for Newport County youth and reserves, before signing with Gloucester City in 1980.

He joined Cheltenham Town in the 1981/82 season and had two loan spells and won the Southern League Championship in 1984/85

season and were runners–up in the League Cup final.