Former Blackpool and Wolves man appointed new Forest Green boss - and will be assisted by another ex-Seasider

Former Blackpool defender Rob Edwards has been appointed the new head coach of League Two side Forest Green.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 9:55 am
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 9:56 am

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The 38-year-old replaces Mark Cooper, who was sacked back in April.

Caretaker boss Jimmy Ball led them to the League Two play-offs, but they were beaten over their two-legged semi-final tie by Newport County.

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Edwards, who played for Blackpool between 2008 and 2011 and also had a brief loan spell with Fleetwood Town, leaves his role as England's Under-16s boss.

He will be assisted by another former Seasider Richie Kyle, who worked on Gary Bowyer's coaching staff at Bloomfield Road before leaving to take a role at the FA.

Kyle has since been working as an assistant coach for the Canadian women's side.

Edwards said: "This is a club that feels really different from others – and actually does things another way.

Edwards in action for Blackpool in 2009

"My conversations with the chairman were incredibly positive and showed we’ll get the time and support we need to go on a winning journey.

"The club has a well-developed footballing infrastructure under Richard Hughes and with great people behind the scenes and incredible fans, I’m looking forward to getting started."

Edwards – who also featured for Wolves and Villa in a 14-year playing career – spent several years at Molineux as an Under-18, Under-23 and first-team coach.

He left Wolves in 2019 to become a coach for the England Under-20 team and a year later he also became head coach for the England Under-16s.

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