Liam leaves Moors after poor start to the season
SOLIHULL Moors have parted company with manager Liam McDonald after the 3- 1 home defeat to Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night.
Moors have started the season in poor form and sit second- bottom of the National League after a string of disappointing results.
McDonald joined the club last November and steered Moors to safety in his first season in charge.
But he has left after the side suffered their tenth defeat of the campaign at Damson Park.
McDonald said: “Football is a results driven business and given the poor start to the season it is right for me to hand over the reins at this time.
“We have had a spate of injuries and many of our games have been very close – however, that is not good enough.
“I am proud of keeping Moors in the National League and wish the players and everyone associated with the club the best for the future.”
Moors allowed McDonald’s assistant manager Nick Green and coach David Bridgwater – also his backroom team at his previous clubs Hednesford Town and Redditch – to leave Damson Park.
Green and Bridgwater arrived at the club when McDonald took over.
Coach Keith Bertschin and head of football Mark Fogarty will take charge of Saturday’s home game against Hartlepool United while Moors set about appointing a new manager.
Former assistant manager Gary Whild is back at the club as Academy Manager.
Whild will also take on the role of chief scout which will help provide a more cohesive approach to recruitment.
The 56- year- old first joined Moors in May 2016 as Marcus Bignot’s assistant for the club’s first season in the Vanarama National League.
Mark Fogarty said: “I’m delighted to welcome Gary Whild back to the club in his combined roles.
“We are looking at ways to make sure we are a full- time club as soon as possible, and bringing Gary in with a combined role helps the process.
“He will bring with him a wealth of experience at first team level having taken Kidderminster to second place in the National League when he was manager. He also set up their very impressive Academy.
“Gary helped to bring in over a million pounds in transfer fees at Kidderminster and we feel he can be a tremendous asset to us in player recruitment, as well as bringing out the best of our Academy talent.”
Moors have been handed a home tie against Ossett Town in the fourth qualifying round of the 2017/ 18 Emirates FA Cup.
The Evo- Stik North club beat 1874 Northwich 5- 4 on penalties in their third qualifying round replay.
They will now face The Moors at The Automated Technology Group Stadium on the weekend of October 14.