FORMER Solihull Moors striker Darren Byfield has taken his first step into management after being announced as the new manager of Redditch United.
The 39-year-old, who also played for the likes of Aston Villa, Walsall, Millwall and Bristol City on an impressive playing CV, ended his playing days at the end of last season after helping Moors clinch promotion to the Vanarama National League.
After a brief stint at the end of the 2011/12 season, Byfield rejoined Solihull in the summer of 2014 and went on to hold coaching roles with the club’s reserves and academy before becoming Redditch United’s new manager this week.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for me and I believe myself and Chris will have an excellent working relationship,” Byfield told the Observer. “We share the same ambitions for this club and I already feel very comfortable here.
“I know Marcus (Bignot) very well and I know he has offered his support, which is nice. There may be a link for us to utilise there and if we can benefit from it then I’d be a fool to ignore it, but it’s all early days still.
“I will be working extremely hard over the coming weeks and months to get us as prepared as we can be. I am thrilled to have been given this chance to manage Redditch United.”
Solihull Moors manager Bignot added: “As a development club for not only players but for staff also, it’s with great pride that we see Darren move into management with Redditch United.
“I have worked closely with Darren and have seen enough good traits in him to know that he will go on to achieve great things. If given the time like I have had here at Solihull Moors, he will be successful in his management career.
“A good friend to myself and our club we will continue to support and watch his time at Redditch United with great interest.”
Elsewhere, former Moors striker Omar Bogle scored twice as Grimsby Town beat Forest Green Rovers 3-1 in the National League Play Off Final at Wembley to win promotion to the Football League.
Bogle scored two goals in as many minutes in the opening period as the Mariners returned to the Football League following a six-year absence.