Sandgrounders appoint Brabin as manager

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Gary Brabin is the new Southport manager.

The Sandgrounders moved quickly to appoint the former Doncaster Rovers and Blackpool midfielder after parting company with Martin Foyle on Sunday.

Brabin is the fourth person to occupy the Sandgrounders’ hotseat since long-serving boss Liam Watson quit in May 2013.

Watson, who is now the manager of AFC Telford United, was replaced by ex-Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa defender Alan Wright.

But his tenure proved to be a disaster and he was sacked after just six months, with Southport languishing at the foot of the Conference Premier

John Coleman took over the reins in December and led the club to safety, but he left the club in April after a difference of opinion with chairman Charlie Clapham.

Ex-Port Vale striker Foyle was installed as manager but he has failed to galavanise the club and they currently occupy a place in the relegation zone.

Brabin is a former Southport player and enjoyed a spell as manager in 2008 before being headhunted by Cambridge United. He has also managed Luton Town.

A club statement said: “Gary is man with a top knowledge of football at Conference level and with many local contacts. His appointment has been warmly welcomed by supporters.”

Brabin first job is to take charge of Tuesday night’s match at home to Lincoln City.