FORMER Southend United boss Mark Molesley has been appointed manager of Aldershot Town.

The 40-year-old was sacked by the Shrimpers back in April.

But he jumped at the chance to take charge of the Shots.

“I’m delighted to be back at a club that is very close to my heart,” Molesley told the club’s official website.

“My dream came true when I became a professional footballer at this club and I would be lying if I never thought of going back to the club as a manager.”

Molesley has signed a deal until the end of the 2022/23 season.

And Town Chairman Shahid Azeem is pleased to have appointed the 40-year-old, who won eight of his 45 games with Blues.

“If you look at Mark’s managerial career, he’s had success with Weymouth before, earning him a move to the league,” said Azeem.

“Not only that, they’ve been here before on and off the pitch, so they know the history of the football club and they know what it means to the club and also to the supporters too.

“We want everyone to get back supporting the new management team and let’s hope for a successful season.”

Molesley will be assisted by Terry Brown and Tom Prodomo who he also worked with at Blues.

Aldershot are currently 21st in the National League standings.