Darren Byfield is back in management after taking charge at Evo-Stik Southern League Premier club Stratford Town.

The former Sunderland, Aston Villa and Jamaica striker had been in charge at Redditch United before parting company with the club in the New Year, but he now takes over a side who finished 15th last season and are hopeful of pushing upwards. The 41-year-old told the club’s website:

“I am delighted to join Stratford. It is a beautiful stadium and an excellent set up.

“I’ve got a real hunger to get back into management. Watching a lot of non-league games over the last six months has been hugely beneficial for me and I aim to bring that knowledge into my role at Stratford.

“There is a great work ethic at this club, which I am very excited to join, and I am really looking forward to helping the players to be the best they can be through coaching them to realise their potential. My message to all Town supporters is you will have a very hungry team giving their all for the club in what we recognise will be a tough league, but we will be working hard in every game and I want to make it exciting and fun for the players and the fans and can’t wait to get started.”

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