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Alvechurch name Dean Holtham as boss for a second time

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Dean Holtham took permanent charge of BetVictor Southern League Alvechurch at Lowestoft Town on Saturday for a second time.

Holtham – who rescued the club from certain relegation in season 2011/12 in his first spell in charge – was named as the successor to Darren Byfield on Friday.

Also the club’s education programme director, Holtham had been caretaking since Byefield’s departure nearly three weeks ago and had already brought a number of players in before his side’s 4-0 reverse in Suffolk on Saturday.

According to a statement announcing his appointment, the new Church boss, pictured, is expected to appoint his assistant manager after Church host  Coalville Town on Tuesday night in the Southern League Premier Central Division.

Alvecurch chairman Richard Thorndike said: “We considered enquiries from a number of candidates, some from higher up the pyramid but we feel that Dean is the right man for the job given the challenges which lie ahead.

“After working with the group for two weeks, Dean was brutally honest and stated that the squad wasn’t strong enough to compete properly at this level.

“The league doesn’t lie and the reason we are where we are currently is obvious. He has already moved to bring some players in and will look to move some out soon.

“Defensively we have been fairly sound with one of the better ‘goals against’ records but we’ve been struggling to find the net. As such it was clear which area of the park needed addressing.

“Jazz Luckie is a strong forward player who Dean has worked with before and has already scored nine goals from 12 games for Rugby Town this season.

“Louis Monaghan is an exciting forward who scored against us for Redditch this season and has enormous potential to be a top player.

“Kieran Cook returns from the Glassboys and the attacking quality he has is already known by the Church faithful.

“Joe Hull joins us from Bromsgrove. Joe is a no nonsense centre back, superb in both boxes and will be a real asset now that Jamie Willets has moved on.

“Theo Llewellyn also comes back to the Church. This strong centre mid with an international pedigree at youth level will add steel to the spine and there’s also another big named forward in the pipeline so you can see, Dean has already been working extremely hard to get us back on an even keel.

“I know the Church faithful will give Dean their full support and really get behind the squad as we approach a busy Christmas period.

“It will take time to gel the squad, it’s like we’re back to square one but with Dean’s strong leadership and vast experience, I’m confident we’ll start winning points and climbing the table.”

DEPARTED: Darren Byfield

Former Aston Villa and Sunderland striker Byefield was appointed in May as the successor to Ian Long after guiding Walsall Wood to the runners-up spot in the Midland Football League Premier Division the previous season.

The former Jamaican international, who moved into management with Redditch United in 2016, went on to take charge of Stratford Town in May 2018.

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