Rangers appoint Greg Clowes

I'm really pleased that Stafford Rangers have appointed Greg Clowes as the new manager. The news first came through as a Google alert before being officially comfirmed. He succeeds Matt Elliott who resigned last month.

Over the past four seasons, Greg has enjoyed plenty of success as manager of Newcastle Town, leading them to the North-West Counties League Premier Division title in 2009/10 and last season into second position in the Evo-Stik League Division One North, narrowly missing out on promotion by losing in the play-offs to Grantham Town. Town have also won the Staffordshire Senior Cup durimng his time at the Lyme Valley Stadium.

I interviewed Greg on several occasions during my stint as a reporter for the local press and must admit to being impressed with his style, knowledge and committment.

The announcement on the club's official website (www.staffordrangersfc.co.uk) read:

Team Manager
The Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Clowes as Team Manager of SRFC. Greg will be assisted by his former Newcastle Town colleague Dorian Garner and both will immediately begin the task of assembling a competent squad for next season to compete in the Evo Stik Premier League which kicks off on Saturday 13th August 2011.

The Board hope that everyone connected with SRFC will now get behind the new Management Team and their players and give them every support for the coming Season.