19th Mar, 2019

Flowers takes over as Solihull Moors first-team boss

Craig Gibbons 20th Jun, 2018 Updated: 20th Jun, 2018

SOLIHULL Moors have announced Tim Flowers has been appointed as the new first-team manager with Gary Whild taking up the role as assistant manager.

The pair come in after Mark Yates was confirmed as the new boss of National League champions Macclesfield Town, replacing John Askey who took up the vacancy at Shrewsbury Town following the departure of Paul Hurst to Ipswich Town.

Yates and Flowers joined Moors in November and were left with the near impossible task of keeping Solihull in the National League for a further season.

From 20 games, Moors had amassed just 11 points but in the remaining 26 fixtures, they won 11, drew ten and lost five to end the season in 18th.

They were also unbeaten at home until the final day of the season when they were beaten 4-1 by Eastleigh.

“The great escape ranks as one of my biggest achievement in Football and now to have the opportunity to build on everything we achieved last season is the icing on the cake,” said Flowers.

“I would like to thank the board for their confidence both in me and Gary Whild with whom I have an excellent working relationship.

“With the pre season games scheduled in less than three weeks there is much to do and I cannot wait to get started.”

Flowers started his goalkeeping career with Wolverhampton Wanders before having spells at Southampton and Blackburn Rovers.

He was capped 11 times for England before retiring in 2003.

Since then he has been the goalkeeping coach at Leicester City, Manchester City, Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest and Fulham where during his tenure the club reached the play-offs.

He has also been assistant manager at Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers, Hull and Kidderminster Harriers.

Meanwhile, Whild started his managerial career with Stourport Swifts before moving on to Redditch United at the turn of the century where he helped to mastermind a revolution as the club rose to being a founder member of the Conference North.

Whild also has vast experience of non-league’s top flight following his time with Kidderminster Harriers between 2010 and 2015.

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