FOOTBALL: FORMER Birmingham City striker Keith Bertschin has been named as the new head coach of Solihull Moors following the recent departure of manager Marcus Bignot.
Moors have gone down the experienced route after announcing the 60-year-old as the club’s new head coach ahead of this weekend’s trip to Dover.
Bertschin has been seen as the ideal replacement for Bignot at Damson Way after he departed the club on Monday to fill the managerial vacancy at League Two side Grimsby Town.
Bertschin brings a wealth of experience to Moors having worked as Steve Bruce’s assistant over a nine-year period in the top two tiers of English football at Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Hull City.
The former striker turned out for 17 clubs in professional and non-league football across a 26 career which included three England Under-21 caps.
But he will be known locally after chalking up almost 150 appearances for the Blues between 1977 and 1981, where he helped them win promotion to the top flight.
Bertschin, who also turned out for one of Moors’ forerunners Solihull Borough, will be supported in his new role by club captain Theo Streete, goalkeeping coach Darren Acton and academy manager Mark Fogarty.
Moor have confirmed that a further managerial appointment will be made in the near future and it has also been confirmed this week that Micky Moore has joined Bignot’s coaching staff at Grimsby, while Gary Whild has also left the National League club.