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Andy Sinton is new AFC Telford boss

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Former Wolves and England winger Andy Sinton has been announced as the new manager of AFC Telford United.

Former Wolves and England winger Andy Sinton has been announced as the new manager of AFC Telford United.

The 44-year-old has signed a two-year contract to succeed Rob Smith in the New Bucks Head hotseat, having impressed the board with his managerial record at Hampshire minnows Fleet Town.

Sinton enjoyed five years at Fleet – guiding them to three play-off campaigns in the Ryman League.

But the ex-QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham man, who won 12 England caps, feels ready to prove himself at a higher level.

He said: "I've done my apprenticeship and had five great years at Fleet. Pound for pound, with the resources I had, I don't think there's another manager out there who has achieved what I have achieved.

"Telford gives me a challenge and a chance to satisfy my ambitions and become a better manager.

"There is hard work ahead and I don't have a magic wand, but I'm convinced I'm the right man for the job.

"I've got bags of enthusiasm and energy, no-one will work harder than me.

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"It's my job to get this club moving in the right direction again."

Sinton inherits a side that finished a disappointing 11th in the Blue Square North last season, with currently just three players under contract.

He said: "I already know who I want. I quickly need to speak to them now, whether by phone or in front of them.

"But the budget has been cut from last season, so I will have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing."

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Sinton will continue in his day job as a fire alarm salesman for a company owned by the former Fleet chairman Graham Smith.

But the new manager is confident that he will be able to produce a match-winning team.

He said: "First of all I want to produce winning football – as I have for the last three, four or five years.

"I was a winger myself and I want my teams to be attacking, as well as organised and fit."

An assistant manager has yet to be unveiled, though chairman Lee Carter insisted it would be someone with "good experience at Blue Square North level."

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