Steve Kittrick: AFC Telford United appoint former Guiseley boss

Steve Kittrick
Steve Kittrick has been without a club for the last 15 months.

AFC Telford United have named former Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick as their new manager.

The 57-year-old's appointment comes nine days after Liam Watson was sacked by the Conference's bottom club.

Kittrick, who left Guiseley in 2013 after six years at the Yorkshire club, joins Telford on an 18-month contract.

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Telford right club for me - Kittrick

Caretaker bosses Andy Todd and Andy Pryce, who were in charge for Saturday's 4-3 loss to Eastleigh, will both remain at the Bucks Head.

Todd will stay in the role of player-coach, as Kittrick's assistant, while Pryce will continue in his role of goalkeeping coach.

"It's a big club," Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire. "I've always wanted to manage in the Conference. I had spoken to other clubs, but nothing came up that really excited me."

Before his departure immediately following their 1-1 FA Trophy draw with Chester, Watson had been in charge at the Bucks Head since May 2013.

BBC Radio Shropshire's Nick Southall
"Steve Kittrick said he was keen to get back into management after leaving Guiseley in September last year, but only when the right job came along.
"He joins Telford with a good track record, having guided Guiseley to within touching distance of the Conference Premier in recent years and, like his predecessor Liam Watson, Kittrick is a popular manager with a good network of contacts.
"His priority will be to stay in the Conference, but it is a tough baptism of fire with Telford 13 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the league and with a depleted squad because of injuries.

Telford chairman Ian Dosser said: "Steve has an excellent track record and clearly likes his teams to play with an eye-catching style."

Kittrick, a board member at rugby league side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, led Guiseley to promotion to Conference North in 2010, before then losing to Telford in the play-off final the following season.

Going into their Christmas fixtures, Telford are bottom of the Conference, with just 14 points, having won just three times in 25 games.

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