Shrewsbury Town Football Club has appointed Michael Jackson as manager until the end of the season.
Following a meeting of the board yesterday Roland Wycherley, chairman, said the board had reviewed an “extensive list” of candidates. “It was clear Michael was the closest match to the profile the board set for the position. He is certainly highly qualified holding all professional coaching badges including a UEFA Pro Licence (the highest level coaching award).”
Mr Wycherley said the board had been impressed by “the work ethic, technical analysis, knowledge and hunger for the job,” that Michael had demonstrated during his tenure as caretaker manager.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club had always looked to promote from within if the talent existed, said Mr Wycherley. “This brings continuity and stability and Michael has now been at the club for five-and-a-half years as a senior pro and coach.”
On the field, in an extremely tough spell of games the team has regained some pride and passion. Going forward Michael's analysis, vision and positive approach made the future exciting at a time, when it is all too easy to focus on the current league position.
In the process of selecting the manager, the chairman consulted the major shareholders Derek Passant of Greenhous Group and Tony Bywater of Salop Leisure. He said it was “a unanimous decision to give Michael the opportunity. We are sure, that everyone will wish Michael the best of luck in his new position and will get behind him and his team.”
Jackson replaces Graham Turner, who left the club last month after a poor run of games, the Shrews face Notts County tomorrow in a relegation six pointer.