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Hyde Move Quickly to Replace Lowe

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Following the shock departure from Blue Square Bet North champions Hyde FC of management team Gary Lowe and….

….Martyn Booty, the club have moved swiftly to replace them with Scott McNiven and Gavin McCann.

Days after leading the Tigers to the championship and the Conference Premier for the first time in the club’s history, Lowe and Booty rejected the board’s offer of a playing budget and personal terms for the 2012/13 season and departed Ewen Fields.

The club`s former caretaker-manager McNiven and ex-Everton, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Bolton midfielder McCann have since been appointed by owner John Manship as manager and first-team coach respectively.

McNiven will need little introduction to the Hyde supporters. The defender or midfielder made seventy-eight appearances for the club between 2009 and 2011 and was installed as joint/caretaker-manager at the end of the 2010/11 season.

He oversaw a five-match unbeaten run which saw the Tigers escape relegation to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League during this short stint in charge, and has most recently been on the coaching staff at NPL First Division North champions AFC Fylde.

McCann made over 300 appearances in the Premier League during his playing career was capped once for England in a 3–0 win against Spain in 2001.

The 34-year-old retired from professional football twelve months ago and has since been working with the youth teams at Bolton Wanderers.

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