Football fans cross Dorset will recognise a familiar face in the dugout of Portland United once the team gets back to playing, as former Magpies boss Callum Brooks takes the helm.

The Blues have been searching for a replacement for Brendon King, after the former manager resigned from his post with immediate effect last month after two seasons in charge of the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division club.

Brooks spent nine months in charge of Dorchester Town before resigning in December last year following a poor run of form. He said that although football is not a priority right now, he is looking forward to being a part of the club.

Gary Bailey, the club's vice-chairman, said: "Portland United FC are pleased to announce, after a very thorough selection process, that Callum Brooks has been offered, and has accepted, the role of first team manager.

"Callum brings with him a wealth of experience of the Sydenhams Wessex League and higher. As a club we are delighted to have been able to secure the services of someone of Callum's calibre and we are all very much looking forward to having him on board.

"We would like to place on record our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the applicants who took the time to apply, the standard was very high.

"Further announcements on who Callum will be bringing in to work alongside him will be made in due course.

"Stay safe and we look forward to a time when we are back playing the game that we love."

Brooks said: "I'm really proud to be appointed manager at Portland United FC. It's evident that some great work has taken place on and off the field over recent years and I look forward to being part of that continuing journey.

"Football is not a priority right now, in fact it's irrelevant when we are looking at people dying and my priority remains the same - to keep my family safe and hope that others remain safe.

"However when it's safe to enjoy the things that we love again I look forward to being a part of this wonderful club."