Stockport County name Brighton under-23 coach Rusk as new manager

Simon Rusk
New Stockport County manager Simon Rusk played at Crawley and Boston

Stockport County confirmed the appointment of Simon Rusk as new club manager.

The former Brighton under-23s coach joins on a three-and-a-half-year contract and will be joined by Mark McGhee and Dave Conlon as assistant managers.

The ex-Boston and Crawley midfielder, 39, replaces Jim Gannon, who was sacked last week after five years in charge.

During this time at Brighton, Rusk has developed several young players into the Premier League outfit’s squad, and top EFL clubs. He also enjoyed two spells as first team coach under Chris Hughton.

McGhee brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously managed Leicester, Wolves and Motherwell, and had a spell as assistant coach for the Scotland national team.

Rusk said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be the manager of such a great football club.

“Stockport County has rich tradition and an incredibly loyal fanbase, I’m looking to continue the great work that’s been done and can reassure fans I will devote everything to the role.

“We have a fantastic squad with great infrastructure and can’t wait to start working with the players.

“Stockport County need to be back in the EFL and I believe together with Mark and Dave we can steer the club to success.”

Rusk’s first game in charge of the Hatters will be the weekend’s National League game at Woking.