Solihull Moors are set to appoint a recently sacked National League manager with Mark Yates’ time in charge ending following the 20/21 season.
It has been reported that Neal Ardley would be placed in charge as the new manager of the National League side this week.
The former AFC Wimbledon and Watford midfielder has been without a club since his departure from Notts County at the end of March.
That was when the Magpies were sitting in the play-off places, leaving many fans questioning whether the board made the right choice.
He was in charge when the Magpies were relegated from the English Football League at the end of the 2019-20 season but guided them to the National League playoff final last year.
He led AFC Wimbledon to League One during a six-year tenure. Won League Two with them via the playoffs in the 2015-16 season before leaving by mutual consent in November 2018 following a run of 10 defeats in 12 EFL games.
As Ardley links up with Solihull Moors, it is also said that former Bradford and Carlisle manager/caretaker Greg Abbott will be his assistant.
ARDLEY’S STATEMENT ON NOTTS DEPARTURE:
“I would like to share my gratitude to the owners Chris and Alex Reedtz for trusting me to lead Notts County through one of the club’s most challenging times. After the huge disappointment of that day at Swindon and the following summer of uncertainty, Chris and Alex breathed new life into one of the most traditional football clubs in England, providing hope to some of the most loyal fans around.
“Building a squad from scratch was not easy, so to achieve this the following season and finish one game away from a quick return to the Football League was a remarkable effort from everybody at the club. As history suggests, the National League is one of the toughest leagues to gain promotion from, with only one automatic spot, and many huge clubs have taken a while to achieve this.
“I am naturally disappointed not to have the opportunity to finish off what I, and the players, vowed to do at the start of the season, which was to gain promotion. Being in the play-off positions, with games in hand, and being one game away from another Wembley visit in The FA Trophy, I had hoped to deliver the success the fans richly deserve. I firmly believe it would’ve happened and still hope it will.
“To all the staff I worked with, both from the football and office departments, I thank you for your hard work, loyalty and friendship. Along with the local press and reporters, I have met so many great people.
“To the players, I thank you for your hard work and professionalism during my time and I wish you the barnstorming end to the season we were striving for.
“To the new management team, I sincerely wish you good luck in your venture with this great club.
“Finally, I would like to thank the fans for making me welcome and helping me through one of the clubs most challenging times. I am immensely proud to have managed your great football club and will continue to support from a distance, hoping you will be celebrating good times soon. With Chris and Alex at the helm, I am sure it won’t be long.”
With Solihull Moors set to appoint their new manager – some fans were impressed and spoke about the decision on social media…
Be great club for him and will wish him all the best! Put together a superb squad at Notts but lacked the x-factor that IB’s got! More importantly who did Sam jump on after Ellis scored? Lol
— Tom (@NottsCounty1991) June 6, 2021
@safetywatto: If I were a Moors fan I would be happy with that. Thought he did a good job at Notts tbf
@NottsSupporter: Good luck to them if they do. Always did the best for Notts and took us through some difficult times.
@bramley_roger: Best of luck to them both. Both great footballing men. Need to be back in the game they love
@Bennyg4: Bit harsh on Mark Yates. Done a great job for them at the end of the season.
@downthelamb: Looks like a good move. But Solihull need to show some patience with their managers.
@troubled_soul89: Best of luck Ards.
@notts_1862: Good luck to him.
@Bri22anMawby: Still can’t believe those that thought he did a good job for us. Took us down and failed to take us up. Nice man poor manager
@jimmyjumpship: Really hope all goes well for him. He’s a thoroughly bloody good bloke.
@NottsCounty1991: Top bloke and Moors will suit him well and his playing style
@langwithboy: He’s better than this level
@SimplySuvo92: Good move and a much better fit than Barrow (previously linked) would’ve been for him.
@Kyle_Motson: Good luck to him, be interesting to see how it turns out 🤝 it didn’t work out with us, but with them you never know, could be a match made In heaven 🖤🤍
@pieorama2: If this happens l wish him luck- a lovely chap. I think he missed Neil Cox once he had left.