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Stockport County appoint Ray Mathias as permanent boss

Ray Mathias
Mathias was appointed caretaker boss in March

Stockport County have appointed caretaker boss Ray Mathias as their permanent manager.

Mathias took over at Edgeley Park in March but could not prevent the club being relegated from League Two.

The former Wigan and Tranmere manager will now lead the side in the Blue Square Bet Premier next season.

Chief executive Graham Shaw said: "We are delighted Ray has accepted the challenge and look forward to an exciting time ahead."

Mathias had previously stated his desire to lead the club after their 106-year stint in the Football League ended this season.

The 64-year-old initially joined the club as a technical advisor, but was asked to take over leading the club's relegation fight from coach Peter Ward.

Speaking about his appointment he told BBC Radio Manchester: "I'm just absolutely delighted when I heard it. I went in this morning and everything was sorted out there and then.

"I've been given the honour of trying to take them back into League Two and hopefully we can achieve that."

Mathias has had spells as assistant manager at Macclesfield and MK Dons, where he worked alongside Paul Ince before leaving with him for Blackburn Rovers.

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