Stockport County in worse state now - Jim Gannon

Jim Gannon
Gannon led Stockport to promotion to League One via the play-offs in 2008

New director of football Jim Gannon says Stockport are in a worse state now than when he left the club.

The 42-year-old, who managed County between December 2005 and May 2009, was made redundant when the club went into administration two years ago.

Gannon told BBC Radio Manchester: "When I left the club our highest point was the play-offs in the first division.

"We've fallen about 50 places since and unfortunately all the young players were sold off."

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Gannon keen to make a difference at Stockport

As director of football at Stockport, Gannon will be responsible for all football matters including team selection and transfers.

But he has warned that a return to the Football League will not be easy and staving off relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier this season is the club's first aim.

"Successive managers failed to stop the slide and successive relegations," he said.

"The club's now at the brink of a third successive relegation, so they're certainly in a worse position than they were."

Gannon's appointment as successor to Dietmar Hamann was alongside at least two members of the "Your Town Your Team" supporters' group, including businessman and County fanatic John Fitzpatrick, being invited to join the board of directors, something Gannon sees as a step towards improving the club.

He said: "We're trying to create a new positivity and a new energy. We want to stop that slide and we want to stabilise the club and create a platform that we can give people a vision of growth at the club in the future."

You can hear more from Stockport's new director of football Jim Gannon on BBC Radio Manchester on Friday, 18 November at 1900 GMT on 95.1FM, DAB and online at bbc.co.uk/manchester

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