The 40-year-old Merseysider was at Chesterfield during two of their most successful seasons, winning the League Two title, getting to Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy final in 2013/14 and reaching the League One play-off semi-final.
He left when manager Paul Cook switched to take on the Portsmouth job and because of family commitments Kevin couldn’t join him on the south coast.
He had previously had four good years as manager of Marine in the Evostik Premier League, so he knows the league well, and more recently has been working at Blackburn Rovers as a Category 1 Academy coach.
As a player he was with Southport for a while, but one of the highlights was scoring the winning spot kick when Vauxhall Motors famously beat League Two Queens Park Rangers 4-3 on penalties at Loftus Road in an FA Cup first round replay in 2002.
He has been keen to get back into management and says he is excited by the challenge of bringing success back to Colwyn Bay with ‘a brand of football that gives fans value for money.’
“Marine and other clubs I have been with will vouch for the style of football I like to play and I can promise everyone who comes to watch Colwyn Bay that my team will look to entertain.
“At the current moment, I’m not going to lie, it is going to take time to work with the players, access them and get their fitness levels to where they need to be to play the football I like to play.
“But its not all about me. It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to know the position we are in, so its about everyone rolling up their sleeves and showing what they’re made of.
“Its a really tough start going straight into two away games in three days, but I wouldn’t have taken the job if I didn’t think I was up for the challenge.
“I’ll be relying heavily over the next couple of weeks on Rob Hopley and Mike Lea who know the club inside out and have been through good times as well as bad, but I will be looking to bring somebody else in to help me and I am currently in talks with a couple of people who on my wavelength and work the way I like to work.
“We’ve got 27 games left and there is enough points there for us to turn things round and start climbing the table. I just hope supporters, the board, and everyone at the club get behind us and we can all enjoy the ride together.”
The new manager hopes to be at the Reserve game tonight.
Club vice-chairman Kurtis Chapman commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be announcing the new manager of Colwyn Bay Football Club. Like I have said previously it is massive we get the right man this time and someone who knows this league inside out.
“In Kev we have that. His CV speaks for itself, he has achieved success wherever has been and we need that replicating here. He met the lads at training last night and is getting his hands dirty from day one, taking the team for tomorrow’s game.
“I would like to thank Dan Nolan, Rob Hopley and Mike Lea who I believe have galvanised the lads in the last couple of weeks and for that the board are extremely grateful. We have plenty of games left and lots of points to play for. With a few away games now and not home until the 7th November it would be great to get a big crowd to cheer Kev on in his first home game.
“Let’s all get behind Kev now and get the glory days back to the club!”
The new manager expects a tough opening game at Rushall Olympic on Saturday.
“Its not an easy place to go. Rushall have only won four games like ourselves, but they have drawn six and proved difficult to beat and for now its about everyone pulling together and helping each other through it.:”
The manager is taking the full squad. Cory Williams is expected to be available despite suffering a broken nose in Tuesday’s defeat to Salford City, but Mike Brewster has returned to Southport at the end of his loan period.