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Ward is new Bulls assistant boss

19th June, 2017

AFC Mansfield manager Rudy Funk has moved quickly to fill the hole left by Micky Taylor's departure as his assistant boss.

Stepping into Taylor's shoes, who stepped down due to personal and work commitments, is Mark Ward who moves up from being coach of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side.

It was a surprise to see Taylor, who had been the club's first ever manager before returning as assistant, leave the Bulls earlier this month.

But, Funk is in doubt that Ward, who started his managerial career at Swallownest before he was assistant boss at Handsworth Parramore, will be a perfect replacement.

He said: "Micky left a big hole to fill but, on reflection, it was a no brainer in putting Mark in that role.

"He has a great all round experience of football both in the NCEL and much higher.

"Having been a player and having experienced management at other clubs makes him the perfect man for the job.

"I am delighted for both him and the club, I can see great things to come."

Ward added: "I feel privileged to have been given this role at this ambitious club.

"Rudy was the first to contact me when I left Handsworth and being a loyal person I will hope to repay him by making my time at the club a success.

"I eventually did have other offers but I am fiercely loyal and feel the club can achieve something.

"It is good for me to be working with an experienced and successful manager like Rudy.

"Obviously, in the future, I would like to manage at a good level and the things I learn from him will be beneficial for my development.

"I have had some influence in bringing new players to the club, with me just finishing playing I am closer to the ground than most.

"I have made some recommendations but ultimately it is Rudy that decides who to bring in.

"As a club I think we have done well in that respect."

(Story Source: AFC Mansfield)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P Pickering Town 42 96 75
P AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Hall Road Rangers 42 55 -1
13 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
14 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
15 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
16 Thackley 42 47 -9
17 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 47 -31
18 Athersley Recreation 42 46 -23
19 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
20 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 31 -62
R Parkgate 42 26 -58
R Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Knaresborough Town 42 100 61
P Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 40 -36
18 East Yorkshire Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R Retford United 42 24 -73

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