Stourbridge have named former Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates as their new manager.

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The Glassboys parted company with manager Ian Long earlier this week, with the now-Alvechurch boss leaving the Glassboys 7th in the BetVictor Southern Premier Central, a point off Coalville Town in the last play-off place at the time of his departure. Yates takes over after a spell back in charge at Kidderminster Harriers last season.

Having led Solihull Moors to a very unlikely survival in the Vanarama National League two seasons ago, the 50-year-old was back in the EFL the next season with Macclesfield Town, but was sacked in October 2018. The ex-Birmingham City midfielder twice led Cheltenham Town to the League Two play-offs, with the Robins reaching the final in 2012.

His former assistant Neil Howarth joins him at Stourbridge, whose chairman Andy Pountney told the club’s website: “I was delighted to be contacted by Mark earlier this week and thrilled that following discussions, he has accepted the role with Neil coming in as his assistant. Mark’s track record speaks for itself.

“I look forward to working with them both.”