Soule man in charge at New Mills

ROY Soule has been appointed manager of New Mills AFC after Ally Pickering left the club by mutual consent last week.

Soule, who joined the club’s coaching staff at the start of the season, has previously been manager of Glossop North End, Caernarfon Town and Mossley.

And he got off to a winning start on Saturday as New Mills beat Bamber Bridge 4-1.

Millers chairman Ray Coverley said: “Following last week’s departure of Ally Pickering and his assistant Jim Wightman, the club’s committee wish to announce that Roy Soule has been appointed as first team manager.

“A former Manchester United junior player, Roy had a lengthy period as manager of Glossop North End and later Caernarfon Town before being appointed at Mossley. After a spell in charge at Droylsden, Roy became a scout for Crewe Alexandra and then held a similar post with Oldham Athletic before joining FC United of Manchester where he enjoyed a lengthy spell as Karl Marginson’s number two.

“As a result of Roy’s appointment, the club will not be advertising the first team manager’s position or for coaching staff as Roy will be bringing in his own personnel.”

Former Buxton player Ally Pickering joined the Millers in March 2010 after the departure of Tony Hancock.

As a player, he left the Silverlands to join Rotherham United for a transfer fee of £16,500. He has also played for numerous clubs including Coventry City, Burnley and Stoke City as well as having managerial stints at Mossley and Woodley Sports.