Former Wrexham striker Andy Bishop has been named as the new permanent manager of Vanarama National League club Southport.

Bishop, who spent time with the likes of York City and Walsall during his playing career, has accepted the position following a successful spell as caretaker manager.

Sandgrounders Chairman Charlie Clapham said “We have all been impressed with the professional way that Andy has grasped the opportunity He is hungry and determined and I am looking to work with Andy over the long term.

I want him to take us forward from a good base. Andy will be one of the youngest managers in senior professional football and I am very pleased that he has taken the opportunity. We are craving for stability and Andy can supply us with that and I firmly southportbelieve we will have success ahead.”

Bishop himself commented “ I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. I told the Chairman I wanted the job a couple of weeks ago and he has been great to work with.

All the players have been very positive at a crucial time in the season. I can now build for next season and aim to take us forward. I’ve really enjoyed every aspect of management so far.

My target is to improve on this season and let’s see where it takes us. I’ve played a lot at this level so I know what it takes. Southport is a club with real potential and ambition.“

The club confirmed that Bishop will be introduced to the club’s supporters on the Merseyrail Community Stadium pitch before kick off in their final National League game of the season against Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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