Scarborough Town have appointed former assistant manager Derek Exley as their new boss after the departure of Shaun Rennison.
Exley will take on the job at the Humber Premier Division side with immediate effect and will be assisted by Baz Gill, who had been previously linked to the vacant position.
Exley said: “I thought it was important to keep it in-house with the club and not to disrupt anything really,
“We’ll have to see how things go with it and with Baz helping me out but we’ll give it a good go and see what happens.
“I was in two minds with work commitments but I am looking forward to getting involved.
“I’ve obviously been involved in local football for a long time now and I know the lads in the squad well.
“I know they’ll all stay and work for me and they know I’ll stick with them.
“It’s obviously a shame that Shaun (Rennison) had to move on. I didn’t know him when I was asked to be his number two but we got on really well, he’s a good guy and he did a good job in putting the squad together.”
Exley starts his new role with a huge challenge as he takes his depleted squad to Grangetown. He added: “We’re struggling a bit this weekend with injuries, suspensions and players unavailable, but we’ll give it a good go up there.”
Exley’s new assistant Baz Gill was quick to praise the appointment of the new manager and was also delighted to take up the role of assistant manager, having been linked with the manager’s position earlier this week.
Gill said: “It’s great that Derek is taking the role on full time.
“I’m still going to be playing while helping Derek out, which is important for me as I think I have a couple of years left yet. So this suits me down to the ground really and I can’t wait to get started.
“It’s great that I can learn under Derek before jumping into the hot seat, and he’s been there and done it with clubs like Scarborough FC and Whitby too.
“He’s the right man for the job and I’m sure he’ll do a great job. It’s just a shame his first game in charge is with a depleted squad.
“We’ll turn it round though and I’m sure there will be a few fresh faces coming in very soon.”
Town official Andy Standing was also delighted with the appointment of Exley.
Standing said: “We’ve got the ideal scenario now with Derek and Baz taking over.
“Both are well liked and respected within the club and also within local football which also helps, and we’re not disrupting any local football teams by taking their manager into a new season either.
“Baz was keen not to give up playing and it is great that he is going to assist Derek. Whichever way round the partnership was, it is best for the club moving forward.
“Both have the respect and backing of the players and the committee and I’m sure they’ll do a great job with the team.”
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