Former Wolves striker Andy Mutch has been handed the Stafford Rangers manager’s job for the remainder of the season.
The 49-year-old took caretaker charge following the sacking of Greg Clowes on September 8 and he has overseen three wins and three draws from his seven matches in charge.
He celebrated his appointment with a 2-1 penalty shoot-out victory last night against Stoke in the first round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.
Chairman Rod Woodward said: “The board are delighted that Andy has agreed to take over as permanent manager of Stafford Rangers for the remainder of the season.
“The players all seem to have reacted well to the change in management, and it appears that he is getting the best out of the lads.
“We all know results matter in this league, and Andy and the board are totally focused on climbing up the table, and above all offering some attractive football and entertaining games for our fans.
“We trust that all of the fans and supporters will get behind Andy and the team now.”
Goalkeeper Jonny Brain pulled off two penalty shoot-out saves to see off Stoke and help Mutch celebrate his appointment as boss.
The game finished 1-1 at full-time and after extra-time.
The scoresheet was blank at half-time but the home side took the lead on 76 minutes, in front of a crowd of 186, as Jack Lees found the net.
The visitors were level 10 minutes later through Yusuf Coban, taking the tie into extra time.
There were no further goals in the extra half-hour and Brain was then the hero with his two saves helping take Mutch’s side into round two.
The club lost their first seven games of the season but have moved off the foot of the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier table under Mutch.