Mickleover Sports have confirmed former Aston Villa player John Mcgrath as their new Player-Manager with immediate effect.

John’s position will be full time as he will also run Mickleover Sports Academy and continue playing.

John is a UEFA A licence coach and has been a professional footballer for many years with clubs including Aston Villa, Doncaster Rovers and more recently Burton Albion.200px-MickleoverSports

He also is a Republic of Ireland International having made his debut against Greece.

Mickleover Sports Chairman Don Amott said that the club’s committee have taken the unusual step of not inviting applications for the position because they were so impressed with John’s vision for the first team and the Academy.

Mickleover Sports will also restart a reserve side next season so will have 1st team, reserves and the Academy, McGrath will have full responsibility for all football and will announce his assistant in due course.

On his appointment McGrath commented “I am delighted to take on the role of Player Manager and Head of Academy at Mickleover Sports FC. I aim to deliver an exciting brand of football to the Don Amott Arena and look forward to a successful season and future at the club.

“I aim to integrate the football club back in to the local community by using my knowledge of our excellent academy system and therefore developing talented local kids.

“My leadership skills as club and team captain at Burton Albion for 6 years has been a great insight in to the leadership skills needed to succeed, not only as a great manager but just as importantly as a great man manager”

Source: Mickleover Sports FC

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