Director of football Andy Fearn does not have input into Stafford Rangers’ team selections, David Montgomery has said.

Fearn took on the role earlier this year, having previously been joint-manager.

Former Bristol City, Wolves and Preston North End defender Matt Hill stepped in as manager following the recent departure of Jody Banim.

Speaking in an update to supporters, chair of the Business Continuity Group (BCG) Montgomery said:

“Matt Hill has now been appointed the new manager and he deserves a chance to succeed, and will be given the opportunity to bring a reversal of our current league position. We are not looking at any other options at the moment and we are all fully behind him.

“Certain individuals have questioned the role of Andy Fearn in view of his connection with the previous season’s results. Everyone is entitled to their view but some of the points made in social media have no substance, some very personal and simply untrue.

“Matt Hill is responsible for picking the team and he alone. Andy was primarily welcomed on to the board as a director in view of his business acumen, and has, in my view, made a huge difference over the last few months.

“He gives the board additional skill sets and experience. In view of his football experience, it was a natural decision to make him director of football; it would have been ridiculous to not have done so, but his involvement and impact behind the scenes is great and he is a vital part of the board.

“He helps the manager with all aspects of the administration but does not and never has picked the team.”

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