Board Statement: for immediate release
Alan Lord will become Director of Football at Stockport County Football Club with immediate effect, with responsibility for building the foundations of the club’s football development structure, as well as running the Profootball Academy, in association with SCFC.
Alan decided to make the move after positive discussions with the football club Board over the weekend. As outlined in the club’s five-year plan, the new development structure ensures Alan Lord will remain an integral part of Stockport County, which was always the intention at some stage of the plan’s lifespan.
Director Richard Park said: “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Alan Lord, and we would all like to express our appreciation to Al for his efforts since taking over at Edgeley Park in August 2013. He has helped the current Board to steady the ship and arrest the previous decline of our football club, and we are all delighted that he has agreed to stay on at Edgeley Park.
“Our aim for next season remains to win promotion and the incoming manager must share that immediate ambition.”
Alan Lord said: “I am immensely proud to have been the manager of this club for 86 games, but I’ve decided that now is the right time to change my role within the club. This decision will give the new manager the whole summer to recruit players and enjoy a full pre-season with his squad.
“My role will be to continue to supply a stream of young talent which the club can opt to use in the coming years as we cement our reputation as a conveyor belt for developing talent. I am excited and enthusiastic about the future, and proud and privileged to have been First Team Manager on behalf of our incredible supporters.
“I especially want to thank all of those fans who have taken the time to write to me or contact me in other ways to express their support during the past 20 months, it has been much appreciated.”
Assistant Manager Phil Brown and First Team Coach Dave Conlon will be in sole charge of the team for the remaining three games of the season, and Alan Lord will attend the game at Hyde tomorrow, sitting alongside the club’s directors.
The Board will begin the process to recruit a new First Team Manager immediately.