Stourbridge FC part company with manager Ian Long

Stourbridge manager Ian Long has left the club by mutual consent.

It follows a meeting this morning with chairman Andy Pountney and vice-chairman Andy Bullingham.

A statement on the club's website reads: "The Club wishes to place on record our thanks to Ian for his efforts during his time as manager of Stourbridge Football Club, which saw the Glassboys reach the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup earlier this season.

"We sincerely wish him all the best for the future.

"Further announcements will be made by the Club in due course."

Long's reign has lasted less than a season after he joined the Glassboys from Alvechurch in the summer as a replacement for long-serving boss Gary Hackett, who resigned after Stourbridge failed to earn promotion, losing to Alvechurch in the play-off semi-final.

It was hoped that a fresh start would give the club what it needed to make the final step to earning promotion from the Southern League Premier Central this season.

Long's appointment saw multiple names arriving from his former side but, despite a good start to the season which saw them win four of their opening five league matches, the club's form has been inconsistent and some fans have criticised performances in recent weeks.

Stourbridge sit eighth in the table - three places and three points outside the play-offs - but have at least one game in hand on nearly all of the teams above them.


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