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Alvechurch appoint Tividale's Ian Long as manager

Redditch Editorial 12th May, 2015 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

ALVECHURCH have named Tividale boss Ian Long as their fourth manager in the last 12 months.

Long will take over from Lee Knight, who has left Lye Meadow to move to Highgate United.

Alvechurch chairman Richard Thorndike said once he learned Long was available he was the first choice.

Long steered Tividale to the Midland Alliance title in 2014 and led the Black Country club to eighth place in their first season in Northern Premier League Division One South.

He announced last week he was stepping down after Tividale’s final match of the season – the JW Hunt Cup final against Stone OA next Thursday. Coincidentally, Tivi ended Alvechurch’s cup hopes in the semi-finals.

In a statement, Alvechurch said they had received several good applications for the position, but once Thorndike became aware of his availability, there was no point in wasting the other applicants’ time, as Long was the man he wanted.

Long will bring with him his own management team from Tividale, with Richard Colwell as his assistant manager and Chris Walwyn as goalkeeping coach.

“Tividale’s loss is certainly Alvechurch’s gain and we welcome Ian and his team to the club,” said secretary Steve Denny.

In the past season, Ross Thorpe, Lee Adams and Knight have occupied the Lye Meadow hotseat.

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