Dave Hoole’s style of football won many admirers in the final few weeks of last season at Matlock Town and the Gladiators boss has revealed it emanates from being a Manchester City supporter.

He said: “I’m a Man City fan, although with Pep Guardiola it’s at the other end of the scale, but the formation he’s used and the football he’s produced has seen them second to none and they’ve won the Premier League in style.

“I’m not saying we can go out and play exactly like Man City but I’m a big believer in qualities such as working hard to keep the ball and I’ve taken that on board.

“I think we did that at the end of last season and it’s good to emulate a top side.”

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