Kirkwood and Hopkins to take over the reins at ailing Mickleover
GLENN Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins are the new managerial team at Mickleover Sports.
The duo have moved from Heanor Town to take over the reins at the Evo-Stik Division One South side.
Mickleover announced the appointment on Saturday, after what the club described as an "exhaustive" couple of weeks of interviews.
The news comes almost six weeks after Mickleover, struggling at the wrong end of their division following last season's relegation, sacked Dick Pratley and Colin Hoyle, who had been in charge for six years.
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Former Derby County defender Charlie Palmer had stood in as temporary manager since Pratley's departure and was among the applicants interviewed for the job.
"Glenn and Craig are ambitious and see Mickleover as a club they can take forward," said a statement from the club.
"They come with the full support from the club's committee and we hope that our supporters get behind them from the beginning.
"They will be meeting the players on Wednesday and will take charge of their first game away to Romulus on Saturday.
"It would be remiss of us not to post our sincere thanks to Charlie Palmer who stepped in as caretaker in a very difficult position.
"He did a good job and was only just pipped for the job as permanent manager.
"Charlie has proved to be a true gentleman despite his disappointment in not getting the job and we thank him for that as well."
Kirkwood, meanwhile, posted a thank-you to Heanor Town on that club's website. He and Hopkins had guided them to promotion to the Northern Counties East League Premier Division during three-and-half-years at the club.
"While in charge at Heanor, we have seen many positive improvements around the club," said Kirkwood.
"We made many friends and the backing we have received since day one from our supporters has been nothing short of amazing.
"We are taking with us many happy memories. Winning the league last season is the biggest achievement of my career and my proudest day.
"I would like to say thank you to all the players who played for us during this time. They have been a pleasure to work with.
"Also, thank you to the committee who gave us the opportunity to manage Heanor Town in the first place.
"We are looking forward to our new challenge at Mickleover Sports."