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Stowmarket Town appoint Richard Wilkins as new assistant manager following departure of Dale Brooks




Having been out of the game since being relieved of his duties as manager of Needham Market in February 2020, Richard Wilkins has sealed a return.

The 55-year-old, who had a professional playing career with the likes of Colchester United and Cambridge United, is the new assistant to Paul Musgrove at Stowmarket Town.

Speaking about the appointment of the former Bury Town and Leiston manager, Musgrove told the club's website: "I’ve battled against some of his teams when I was younger, and as you get older you admire more just what Wilks has done in football.

Richard Wilkins is the new assistant at Stowmarket Town. Picture: Mecha Morton
Richard Wilkins is the new assistant at Stowmarket Town. Picture: Mecha Morton

“I don’t say this lightly when I say he’s probably the most successful manager ever in Suffolk.

“He wasn’t in a job and doesn’t live far from me. We had a good chat. We’ve always got on well and he just seemed like a natural fit.

“He’s only going to make us stronger. He knows Potts (Danny Potter, goalkeeping coach) well from their professional days.

Paul Musgrove has added Richard Wilkins to his coaching team at Greens Meadow. Picture: Mecha Morton
Paul Musgrove has added Richard Wilkins to his coaching team at Greens Meadow. Picture: Mecha Morton

“Hopefully he can help us continue what we’re tying to do. We’re doing things the right way and he'll only enhance that.

“He knows Step 4 and Step 3 really well. Fingers crossed if we’re lucky enough to be offered promotion, he’ll add to what we have here.”

News of Wilkins' arrival has come on the back of Dale Brooks stepping down after a couple of years at Greens Meadow as technical director of football and more recently second in command to Musgrove.

The Stowmarket manager added: “Dale has been outstanding for the club and for me personally too. We reacquainted ourselves after he taught me as a schoolboy at Ipswich Town, and I’ve learnt a great deal from his wisdom and professionalism.

“I want to say a massive thank you to him for the last two years. It was one of those things where we couldn’t agree terms, but Stowmarket wishes him nothing but the best.”

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