Chester-le-Street United have announced the appointment of Didier Agathe as their manager.

Photo: Chester-le-Street United

The Celtic favourite was named Durham City manager last April, though would step down in October.

The 45-year-old ex-Aston Villa and Hibernian player takes over at a team who have performed well in their first season in the Wearside League, currently sitting 3rd in the First Division table.

The club, who are still in their infancy and have spoken of ambitions of moving up the leagues, say they have worked with Agathe 'creating opportunities for his international players to be housed safely and provide a platform for them to showcase their talents through the partnership with Park View Academy of Sport.'

He will work alongside John Gamble and Colin Wotherspoon in leading the first team.

Agathe told the club's website: "I am delighted to be named manager at Chester-le-Street United. The club do everything the right way; they have PlayerTek GPS pods for their players, a fantastic training ground with players training full-time.

"I love the strength and conditioning at the club’s on-site Cross Fit Facility. We want to build a professional team of young players who can challenge in the leagues, but most importantly, fulfil their ambition of becoming professional players in the future."