Liam leaves Moors af­ter poor start to the sea­son

Solihull News - - SPORT - BY SHANE IRE­LAND

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.

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