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Steve Kittrick: Former Scarborough Athletic boss in at Matlock Town

Steve Kittrick Matlock Town

Steve Kittrick has been appointed as Matlock Town’s new manager.

He replaces Dave Frecklington, who announced last month he would leave at the end of the season.

He will be assisted by former Grimsby Town midfielder Chris Bolder who was with him at Scarborough and has had previous managerial experience at North Ferriby United.

Kittrick, 61, has extensive managerial experience in the Northern Premier League and at Steps 1 and 2.

He started in local football in West Yorkshire and at Northern Counties East League level, where he took over at Ossett Town, leading the Ingfield outfit to a sixth placed finish in the NPL Premier Division in 2006/07 before moving to Guiseley in November 2007.

Under Kittrick’s guidance, the Lions won the NPL Premier Division title in 2009/10 after capturing the NPL League Cup a season earlier. They would then make the play-offs in Conference North before Kittrick left Nethermoor during the early part of the 2013/14 campaign.

He was appointed as manager at AFC Telford United in December 2014 with the Bucks struggling in the National League, but despite an upturn in results the Bucks were relegated. After a poor start to the 2014/15 campaign, Kittrick and Telford parted company.

In the early part of 2016 Kittrick was appointed as Scarborough Athletic’s new manager. The Seadogs finished the season as League Cup runners-up and the following year, he managed the club to the play-off final only to lose to Ossett Town.

But Kittrick led Scarborough to promotion to the NPL Premier Division in 2017/18 and were in and around the top seven for long spells before he was dismissed in March.

Kittrick said: “It’s an honour to be manager. Matlock are a well established Non-League club who’ve underachieved on the pitch during the last two or three years. We’re wanting a team hungry to win things, they’ll be fit and play entertaining football. All of the teams I’ve managed have played good football.”

“I’ll be chatting to the players and see where we are. I understand that the club has a really good academy, my belief is that if they’re good enough, they’re old enough.

“I have plenty of targets, it’s a funny time of the year at the moment with players going for who pays the biggest money. We’ll be fishing in a different pond for our playersbut we aim to get a really good side together to entertain the fans.

“Chris (Bolder) and me haven’t come to make the numbers up, we want to win something. Off the pitch everything’s right, people are working really hard, now we want success on the pitch”.

Chairman Tom Wright added: “We had forty applications and some very good ones at that and we’d like to thank everyone who has applied but we felt that Steve was the outstanding candidate to take this club forward. His cv is impressive and we now ask all our fans to get behind him , Chris and his team.”

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