Willcock Parts Company With Steels

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Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Stocksbridge Park Steels have parted company with manager Chris Willcock today.

Stocksbridge are bottom of the table and without a league win so far this season. A spokesman confirmed earlier that Willcock had left the Look Local Stadium after a poor start to the season that has seen Steels pick up two points from a possible twenty-four.

“This follows an unacceptable start to the season with Steels bottom of the league with just two points from a possible twenty four,” said the spokesman.

Chairman Alan Bethell paid tribute to the club’s former manager. He said: “I would like to thank Chris for all his hard work over the last ten months and wish him all the best for the future.”

Stocksbridge have moved quickly to replace Willcock after asking assistant-manager Darren Schofield to take over on a permanent basis.

The new manager leads the Steels to Matlock Town on Saturday with skipper Brett Lovell also named today as his player/assistant-manager.

Willcock first joined Stocksbridge in 2003 as a player and made over 200 appearances for the club in defense. He was named as assistant-manager in 2011 after a spell as caretaker.

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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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