Stockport County director of football Simon Wilson has said the club believe they have found ‘the best of all worlds’ with their new management team.

Brighton & Hove Albion Under-23 coach Simon Rusk has been announced as County’s new number one, assisted by Dave Conlon and Mark McGhee.

As part of the official announcement, Wilson said:

“As fans might expect, we were inundated with interest in the role, from a variety of backgrounds, from highly experienced ‘been there, done it’ types, to fresh-thinking, emerging profiles.

“Simon is a young talent, very highly regarded in the industry, and supported by Mark and Dave, we think we have found the best of all worlds.

“Simon follows the recent successful trend of highly regarded and hungry U23 team coaches coming into first-team management. His education, time in the trenches and experience across the divisions give him the perfect background for success.

“Behind him, with nearly 1000 games and three EFL promotions, including two titles, we welcome Mark McGhee. Completing the management team, providing vital continuity and National League insight is Dave Conlon, and along with Karlos, Nick, Sean and Luke, I feel we have a great backroom team for the club and its current players.”

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