The Bay opted to remain in the English pyramid system when the Welsh League was formed but this season has not been a good one for them and they have ended the season next to bottom of the Unibond Premier League, seventeen points behind next club Gateshead, and have been relegated along with bottom club Hyde United.
The relegation cost player/manager Colin Caton his job at the beginning of this month and after a series of interviews with a number of candidates Jimmy has been offered and accepted the job.
Next season will see him back in the local area with the Bay’s closest league match to Burnley being at Rossendale United.
He hasn’t managed in the Football League since losing his job at Burnley over seven years ago although he did run Denis Smith close before losing out on the Wrexham job in late 2001. He managed Sligo in the Republic of Ireland for a period after leaving Turf Moor and more recently has worked with the Welsh Under 19 squad.
Colwyn Bay are hoping he can turn things round and get them back into the Unibond Premier Division.