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Stafford Rangers appoint new boss Neil Kitching

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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STAFFORD Rangers have appointed Neil Kitching as their new manager.

Kitching, who left Rushall OLympic at the end of the season, takes over from Graham Heathcote who quit the club earlier this month after just under four months in charge.

Kitching is the fourth Rangers manager in the past nine months, but will be seen as a popular appointment by many Boro fans.

“I am determined to change the fortunes of Stafford Rangers. We are a team with a proud history and while our difficulties are well documented I believe that we can succeed.”

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Kitching, manager at Rushall since 2009, led them to promotion from Evo-Stik division one - where Rangers will be playing next season - in his first year in charge at Dales Lane.

Rushall have since achieved three top eight finishers under his charge and last month won the Staffordshire Senior Cup against Port Vale.

“I’m good at building a team with spirit, talent and a winning football mentality,” said Kitching who takes charge immediately.

Moving to Marston Road with Kitching are two former Boro favourites, Nick Amos as assistant manager and former captain Wayne Daniel as player-coach. Martin Prentice remains as first team coach.

Rangers have so far arranged three pre-season friendly matches, starting with the visit of Shropshire neighbours AFC Telford on Thursday, July 31. Telford were promoted to the Skrill Premier last season.

On August 2, Rangers visit Welsh outfit Conwy Borough of the Huws Gray Alliance League (2pm), before visiting Rushall Olympic on August 9 (3pm).

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