Brighton U23s boss Rusk named manager of Stockport County

Left to right: Dave Conlon, Simon Rusk and Mark McGhee

Left to right: Dave Conlon, Simon Rusk and Mark McGhee

BRIGHTON Under-23s coach Simon Rusk has left the club after nine years to become manager of Stockport County.

Rusk joined the Seagulls in 2012 and spent three years as U18s coach and six with the U23s. He has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the ambitious Conference Premier side and will be assisted by Mark McGhee and Dave Conlon.

McGhee is a former Brighton, Leicester, Wolves and Motherwell manager, while Conlon has been Stockport assistant for the last five years.

Rusk said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be the manager of such a great football club. Stockport County has rich tradition and an incredibly loyal fanbase, I’m looking to continue the great work that’s been done and can reassure fans I will devote everything to the role.

“We have a fantastic squad with great infrastructure and can’t wait to start working with the players. Stockport County need to be back in the EFL and I believe together with Mark and Dave we can steer the Club to success.”

Stockport Director of Football Simon Wilson, who formerly worked for Manchester City for a decade from 2006 to 2016 in analysis and executive roles, said: “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.”

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