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Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley backs Ken McKenna

Ken McKenna
McKenna lead TNS into Europe seven times during his reign

Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley has given temporary manager Ken McKenna an opportunity to prove himself.

The 50-year-old joined the club as assistant manager in July 2009 and had a two-year spell as a player from 1990-92 scoring 56 goals in 100 games.

Rowley told BBC Radio Manchester: "What I can say, and what I've said to Kenny, is the job's there for him to lose in that kind of sense.

"He's in the driving seat for the job and let's see how things go."

He added: "We're not advertising the job at the moment as I think the last thing we want to do is start unsettling the people who are already there.

McKenna guided the club to their first win of the season against Barrow and has previous managerial experience at TNS, in the Welsh Premier League, who he steered to three successive titles.

The new chairman did have a kind word for departing manager Graham Heathcote who ended a 40-year association with the club.

"I think it's been a massive change to everyone at the football club. No matter what is said about it I think Graham has been a superb servant to the football club," Rowley said.

"I can't sing his praises enough and it's a shame that we have to part ways now but these things happen in football don't they?

"He's left the club in a good state and we're debt free now and hopefully we can push on in the next few years."

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see also
Altrincham 2-0 Barrow
21 Sep 10 |  Non League
Altrincham boss Heathcote leaves
14 Sep 10 |  Altrincham
Altrincham re-sign striker Little
14 Sep 10 |  Altrincham
Goodwin to leave Altrincham post
13 Sep 10 |  Altrincham
Manager McKenna leaves Saints
13 Mar 08 |  Welsh

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