New manager at Stockport Town
Fri 6th January 2017 | Stockport Town | By Ian Templeman
Stockport Town have confirmed the appointment of Dave Wild as the new First Team Manager.
Wild, who has previously coached at Northwich Victoria and Maine Road takes over with Town currently 11th in the Hallmark Security League Division One. He will play a supportive role in Town's next fixture against FC Oswestry Town before taking over the reins on Monday.
After confirming the appointment the Lions Chairman Seb Rowe said: "Dave is a young coach who has impressed us with his personality, and approach to football and management.
"He comes with a great reputation and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to climb up the league table and be in a strong position to push on next season. Being local, Dave will also have an eye on giving lads from Stockport the chance to play at this level.
"Appointing Dave continues our philosophy of giving young people an opportunity to excel and we wish him the very best of luck".
Rowe added "We'd also like to thank everyone who applied for the vacant role. There was an unbelievable response to the advert which just goes to show how far the club has come in a short space of time. Creating a shortlist from all the applicants was a challenge in itself, but we're confident that we've got the right man for the club".
After confirmation of his appointment Wild, who had recently joined Nelson as Assistant Manager said: "I'd just like to start by thanking the club for giving me this great opportunity. I can assure everyone connected that along with my coaching staff, we will give our absolute all to help push the Club towards its short and long term goals.
"It's been a crazy couple of weeks on a personal level and I want to thank Nelson FC and Al Norwood for giving me the chance to stay in the game after my departure from Northwich Victoria last month but the opportunity to manage a side was too big a draw for me to turn down. I was only with Nelson for a couple of weeks but I do believe they have what it takes to survive the drop this year.
"In terms of the job at hand now, I will be looking to get some new faces into the squad and really aim to finish this season on positive note. We discussed in my interview that setting a target for this season would be the wrong thing to do. The aim is simply to get a consistent and competitive side together and push on from there.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the squad on Saturday and will be in attendance at the game and will begin trying to implement my ideas and ways from next week onward."
Wild's backroom team will be confirmed next week.