Wealdstone have chosen to appoint a new manager ‘until the end of next season’, as confirmed in a club statement published on Thursday.
It comes a month after Dean Brennan left the National League club following postponement to their fixture against Maidenhead United.
The Greater London outfit currently sit 19th in the National League table, taking a total 29 points from 25 games played.
— Wealdstone FC (@WealdstoneFC) March 11, 2021
Wealdstone Football Club are delighted to announce that Stuart Maynard and Matt Saunders have been appointed as the club’s First Team management until the end of next season, with Stuart as First Team Manager and Matt as Assistant Manager.
The club have spoken to a number of potential candidates over the past few weeks and have unanimously concluded that Stuart and Matt are the right combination to move the club forward.
Chairman Rory Fitzgerald said of the appointment: “Having seen first hand the qualities and dedication that Stuart and Matt have demonstrated since taking charge of the side in very challenging circumstances, I have huge confidence in this appointment.
“There have been a lot of high quality candidates available, however the impact that Stuart and Matt have had on all aspects of the playing side has given us a real insight into their application and potential and we’re looking forward to working with them as we continue to develop the club on and off the pitch.”
Stuart is well known to Wealdstone fans having played for the club in the late 90s and has been a hugely impressive figure around the club since his return to the club in May 2019 working with Dean Brennan to secure the National League South title in their first season at the club.
Matt was also an integral part of the management team that secured our promotion to the National League and we’re delighted to have him back involved with the first team set-up.
Stuart said of the appointment: “We’re both delighted, it’s a great club, with great people and real potential.
“This season has had its challenges with the financial impact of having no supporters or bar revenue, however we can’t wait to lead the team in front of a packed house at The Vale and we’re already working on plans for next season so we have a competitive side that our fans can be proud of.
“We thank Rory and the Board for giving us the opportunity and we are really excited about the future of our club.”
Meanwhile, Solihull Moors have quickly chosen to appoint Mark Yates following the departure of Jimmy Shan who looks to be on his way to Sheffield Wednesday.
Solihull Moors currently sit 17th in the National League, and look set to spend another season in the top tier of non league football.
Solihull Moors are delighted to announce the return of Mark Yates as the club’s manager.
Yates has been appointed on a short-term contract until the end of the season and will be assisted by Neil Howarth.
The pair have previously worked together at Kidderminster Harriers, Cheltenham Town, Macclesfield Town and, more recently, Stourbridge.
𝙂𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙤’𝙨 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 👀
We are delighted to announce the return of Mark Yates as the club’s manager on a short-term contract until the end of the season! ⤵️
— Solihull Moors FC (@SolihullMoors) March 11, 2021
The club would like to thank Stourbridge for their co-operation in allowing Mark and Neil to join us on a temporary basis whilst their league is suspended.
In his first spell, Yates led the Moors to the ‘great escape’ in the 2017/18 season, winning 11 league games in a formidable second half of the campaign.
The club preserved its National League status against all odds, with Yates at the forefront of the upturn in results – now the 51-year-old is back on familiar ground.
Upon his return to the Moors, Yates said: “It’s great to be back. I’ve been asked to come back until the end of the season and I plan to make a big impact.
“We’ve got some good players here and I want to get the best from them.
“The club know me, and I’ve worked with a few of the players and staff before. It was a surprise call but one I was delighted to take.”
Vice-Chairman Tim Murphy added: “We feel that Mark is a solid appointment for the club at this time.
“With his experience we hope he can build on the good work already done this season with the play-offs still firmly in our grasp.”
There has been fan reaction as Wealdstone appoint a new manager ‘until the end of next season’…
@tomcroxley: Good call that. Well done
@TorbenPrestwic1: Great move, well done the board
@75Sleapy: Does this mean we shouldn’t back the btts bet now. 🤦♂️ it’s guaranteed
@Christo72553793: Good luck gents for the rest of the season u.t.s.
@ronnieraffle: Congratulations and good luck, a positive move
@DamionNorbury: Congrats Stu and team
@lowermead: Congratulations @stumaynard @Matt_Saunders89 Well deserved UTS
@NEB_MUFC: He’s learnt his lesson now. Don’t move to a league 2 team as you will fail
@Liam3617: So we’ve effectively loaned a manager until the end of the season?
@domphillips02: The better half of himself and flowers. Best of luck
@joshyt6: Go on Yatesy
@mattstour: You can keep him. Don’t want him
@tom___0312: so basically a manager has been loaned out
@_CallumPal96: Top bloke. Smash it Yatesy ❤
@JamesMorgan05: Really good to see Mark back at the club. Hope he can replicate the success that he had during the great escape! #SMFC