Yate Town unveil new manager as captain makes shock return

July 28 2020
Yate Town unveil new manager as captain makes shock return

YATE Town have unveiled Paul Michael as their new manager after the resignation of Paul Britton.

Michael has joined the Bluebells from Cinderford Town, and knows Yate well after losing to them in the promotion play-offs last year.

He said: "I have managed against Yate on a couple of occasions and the pitch is first class. I like my teams to pass the ball and attack, and with the club being a level up it was a no-brainer to apply.”

His appointment has brought about a dramatic u-turn from one of Yate’s stalwarts, Nick Peare.

The midfielder left the club for Cirencester in the summer after Britton’s departure. But just weeks later he is back at Lodge Road and with the captain’s armband for next season, after being persuaded to change his mind by the new manager.

He’s not the only old boy back at Lodge Road. David Sims-Burgess, Yate’s top scorer in their promotion season of 2018-19, has signed from Paulton Rovers.

Stuart Fleetwood has also been unveiled as player/coach at Yate. The 34 year old has previously played for Forest Green Rovers and Luton Town.

Britton, known to all as Polly, resigned at the end of June along with his team of John Lester, Martin Cutler and Nigel Hawkins.

In a farewell message to fans he said his team had overachieved during their time and said: "We would have liked to have continued on this journey but feel now is the time to move on and allow someone else to take the club forward."