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Andy Bishop to take a turn as Southport FC manager

Andy Bishop is the new Southport Football Club manager. The ex Wrexham, York City and Walsall striker takes up his full time appointment at the Merseyrail Community Stadium after a highly impressive tenure as caretaker boss, navigating the Port to 15th place safety in the Vanarama National League. Bishop’s immediate success, style and demeanour put his stamp on the role and he had to fight off a very competitive field of external applicants striving for the Southport hot seat.

Chairman Charlie Clapham said, “We have all been impressed with the professional way that Andy has grasped the opportunity He is hungry and determined and I am looking to work with Andy over the long term. I want him to take us forward from a good base. Andy will be one of the youngest managers in senior professional football and I am very pleased that he has taken the opportunity. We are craving for stability and Andy can supply us with that and I firmly believe we will have success ahead.”

Andy Bishop stated, “ I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. I told the Chairman I wanted the job a couple of weeks ago and he has been great to work with. All the players have been very positive at a crucial time in the season. I can now build for next season and aim to take us forward. I’ve really enjoyed every aspect of management so far. My target is to improve on this season and let’s see where it takes us. I’ve played a lot at this level so I know what it takes. Southport is a club with real potential and ambition.“

Andy Bishop will be introduced onto the Merseyrail Community Stadium pitch to the club’s supporters before kick off on Saturday and will attend the end of season presentations in the Grandstand Bar after the match where supporters can talk to their new manager.

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