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Rod Stringer In Charge At Bishop`s Stortford 

Blue Square Conference North club Bishop`s Stortford have announced former Braintree Town boss Rod Stringer as their new manager.

Stringer took charge at Braintree in May 2010 after leaving Aveley. He took Aveley to the Ryman Isthmian League Premier Division play-offs, and then enjoyed instant success with Braintree, winning the Conference South title by seven points.

The promotion was the highest level Braintree have reached in their 113-year history of playing within the non league football pyramid. However, after failing to agree what direction the club should go with chairman Lee Harding, Stringer resigned just weeks afterwards.

Ex-manager Ian Walker left by mutual consent after Saturday’s disappointing 5-0 defeat at Carshalton Athletic in the FA Trophy First Round. The former Spurs and England keeper had been in charge for nine months. Chief Executive Franco Del Basso said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Ian for his endeavours for the club and wish him well for the future.”

A club statement said: “The board is pleased to announce that Rod Stringer has been appointed as first-team manager with immediate effect.

“Several CVs were sent in to the club since the departure of Ian Walker and the club moved swiftly in their efforts in securing the best possible manager to the position.”

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