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Champions Appoint Caretaker As Full-Time Manager

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Reigning Dafabet Welsh Premier champions The New Saints have announced, following an interim period, Scott Ruscoe and Steve Evans have been appointed manager and assistant-manager respectively.

Ruscoe was appointed the interim manager of the Saints following the departure of Craig Harrison to Vanarama National League newcomers Hartlepool United.

It was a baptism of fire for Ruscoe as he took charge in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds for his first two games in charge.

Ruscoe singled out a moment when Saints striker Scott Quigley came over to the bench to his manager to celebrate in one of the ties, telling The Saints` media manager Stewart Bloor: “It showed our togetherness.”

Adding that the resultant mobbing by the players “…underlined that fact. We have a good group of players and we’re all in this together”.

Concerning the pressure relating to his new role, the TNS legend was unwavering in his declaration, as he dealt with the task ahead. “Mark my words, that’s not going to happen (complacency) as long as I’m here.”

When questioned about his working partnership with new assistant-manager Steve Evans, the message coming through for TNS fans was nothing but positive: “Steve is fantastic, we’ve got a great relationship.”

Ruscoe started as a player at the Saints in 2001 following his switch from Chester City where he worked under Ken McKenna, who he cites as a big influence on his career. He then captained the club and broke the number of European appearances for a Welshman, which was then surpassed by Phil Baker and Paul Harrison.

Following his role as head of youth as Park Hall, Ruscoe was appointed as Harrison’s assistant-manager and he has now completed his full rise up the coaching ranks at the club and into the top job.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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