Gloucester City have named Mike Cook as their new manager.

Former Coventry City and Cambridge United youngster Cook retired from professional football with a spinal injury at 22, moving into coaching with Cambridge and later as part of Cheltenham Town’s community programme.

Cook has previously managed Cinderford Town between 2004 and 2006, as well as working as assistant to Chris Burns at Gloucester City. He made seven appearances as a player for the Tigers but saw his participation curtailed by injury.

The 50-year-old former midfielder replaces Chris Todd as manager, inheriting a side currently second-bottom of the Vanarama National League South, four points from safety.

Upon his appointment, Cook had this to say to the club’s website:

”I’m delighted to return to Gloucester City. I cannot wait to get started and hope to see as many supporters as possible at Evesham on Saturday.”

Club director Alex Petheram added:

“We’re delighted to announce that Mike Cook is the new manager at Gloucester City AFC. Mike brings with him a wealth of football knowledge, experience and most of all, he knows what Gloucester City is all about.

“He understands the club, the area and we believe he has what it takes to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in.”

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