Mark Yates’ Solihull Moors secured National League survival with a 2-1 win at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.

When the former Cheltenham Town boss took over in November, they had picked up just 11 points in 19 games and were six points from safety. They had conceded 41 goals in 19 games, but Yates has turned things around and they have let in only 15 goals in the last 26.

Yates, who has also managed Kidderminster Harriers and Crawley Town, said the achievement ranks right up there with his achievements as a manager so far.

“I haven’t won anything, so it’s right up there,” he said. “I back myself and I think I am a decent manager and a decent coach.

“I had four good years at Kidderminster and then what I think were five decent years at Cheltenham. Then the toughest year ever at Crawley and this ranks with what I did at Crawley, that’s how tough that job was.

“I had been out of the game for 18 months and you start wondering whether to become a bin man or something!”

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