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Stourbridge appoint Mark Yates as manager

Stourbridge FC | Published:

Stourbridge FC have appointed Mark Yates as manager after the sacking of Ian Long last week.

Mark Yates

The 50-year-old will work alongside former Macclesfield and Cheltenham defender Neil Howarth.

Yates has previously managed Kidderminster Harriers, Macclesfied Town and Solihull Moors after being a first team coach at Burnley.

"I was delighted to be contacted by Mark earlier this week and thrilled that following discussions he has accepted the role with Neil (Howarth) coming in as his assistant. Mark's track record speaks for itself. I look forward to working with them both.'' said chairman Andy Pountney in a club statement.

''I received a host of phone calls and messages from people interested in the vacancy, which was very heartening. I'm sincerely apologise that I haven't been able to get back in touch with everybody since, but it's been a particularly busy week trying to sort out football matters on top of running my own business!

''I would also like to thank Alex, Lee and James for stepping into the breach at short notice ahead of the Royston match on Tuesday. Please give them your full support against Lowestoft."

Interim manager Alex Nicholls will remain in charge of Stourbridge for Saturday's game against Lowestoft Town.

Yates will begin his duties before the league game away to Rushall Olympic on March 7.

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