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Mark Yates appointed as new manager
*Moors announce new management team*
PUBLISHED: 15th Nov 17

Solihull Moors are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Yates as their new Manager with Tim Flowers in support . Between them they have 27 years’ experience of management and coaching in both league and non-league football.  

Simon Hawker, Moors Director, was inundated with applications for the job, notwithstanding the club’s precarious position at the foot of the National League. It has not been an easy decision, but he felt that Mark assisted by Tim was an exciting prospect.

“Together they provide the depth of experience and enthusiasm necessary to give Solihull Moors the best chance of climbing the league”

Mark Yates appeared in almost 600 games in a playing career spanning 16 years. Birmingham born, he started with Blues before moving onto Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Kidderminster Harriers.

After a season coaching at Burnley it was with Kiddie that he first took the hot seat leading the club away from relegation in the Conference and the following season taking them to Wembley in the FA Trophy. He took over at Cheltenham Town at the end of 2009 and steered the club away from the second from bottom place in League Two. By the end of the 2011/12 season he had guided the Robins to the Play-Off final, a feat he repeated the following campaign.

Mark took over at Crawley Town in 2015 following the club’s relegation from League One and against a back cloth of changes of ownership and limited funds, stabilised the club.

Worcestershire based Mark is delighted to be at Solihull Moors;

He said: “This is an exciting appointment and it is great to be back doing what I do best! Both Tim and I know that we need points to turn the season around, starting at Maidstone which is going to be tough.

“We need to get our ideas across to the players quickly and we need to give direction and importantly, hope. I am raring to meet the squad at training tomorrow night.”

Tim Flowers was born in Kenilworth starting his goalkeeping career with Wolverhampton Wanderers before seven seasons at Southampton and then six with Blackburn Rovers in a £2.4 million deal which at the time made him the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain. He was a key member of the Rovers team that came second in the Premier league in his first season and then won the title in 1994/5.

Tim was capped 11 times for England and hung up his boots in 2003.

Since then he has been the goalkeeping Coach at Leicester City, Manchester City, Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest and most recently at Fulham where during his tenure the club reached the play-offs. He has also been Assistant manager at Coventry, Queens Park Rangers, Hull and Kidderminster and had a spell in the top job at Stafford Rangers.

Tim has been instrumental in the development of several well-known goal keepers including Joe Hart and Kasper Schmeichel.

He is also based locally and has been a visitor to the Automated Technology Group Stadium several times this season.

“19 games into the season and our position is tough. Nevertheless, we both have experience dealing with situations just like this and we need to instil confidence in the players,” Flowers said.

“I have watched several of the matches and most have been “nip and tuck”. The games have been tight, but it requires a monumental effort to change things around.

“I know results have hurt everyone associated with the club, but we need to up our work ethic and provide even more discipline tactically.”

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