Ian Baird to manage Sutton as boss Paul Doswell takes a break

Sutton United boss Paul Doswell on the sidelines
Paul Doswell was appointed Sutton manager in May 2008

Ian Baird will manage Sutton United for the rest of the season as boss Paul Doswell takes a temporary break from the role for personal reasons.

The U's are ninth in the National League, four points off the play-offs with seven games of the campaign left.

"I've been putting everything in to the job here for 11 years and I do need to take a break now," Doswell, 52, said.

"I'm looking forward to being back in early July refreshed and looking forward to the new season."

He added: "Ian and I have been together here for five years and he has been a huge part of the success we've had, so I'm sure he and the rest of the team will do a great job."

Former striker Baird, 54, played for clubs including Leeds, Middlesbrough, Bristol City and Brighton before moving into coaching.

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