Football: King marks Telford's change

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Wayne Clarke became the GM Vauxhall Conference's latest managerial casualty this week when he resigned after 18 months in charge of Telford United.

The former Wolves, Birmingham and Everton striker, the younger brother of Allan Clarke (once of Leeds and England), leaves the Shropshire side in a comfortable 11th place in the table, although they have lost six of their last seven Conference matches. His successor has already been appointed: Jake King, the former Shrewsbury, Wrexham and Cardiff defender.

King, who had been assistant manager of the League of Wales club, Newtown, will be working without a contract at the Buck's Head, and says that if he does not get results he will not be "hanging around earning easy money". King takes charge of Telford for the first time tomorrow at Dover Athletic.

Having been rebuffed by Graham Roberts, who chose to remain in charge at the Icis League leaders, Yeovil Town, Kettering Town yesterday confirmed that their caretaker manager, Steve Berry, can dispense with the first part of his job title. Last week Berry steered Kettering to their third consecutive win when they beat their local rivals Rushden & Diamonds in the Northamptonshire Senior Cup, and tomorrow he will be hoping to celebrate his permanent appointment with a home win over Bromsgrove.

A long way down the non-League pyramid, the former Chelsea midfielder Ian Britton is also embarking on a managerial career - at the North West Counties League Second Division side, Nelson.

Dean Edwards, the man displaced as Wolves' centre-forward when Steve Bull arrived at Molineux 10 years ago, has enjoyed a mixed start as manager of the Screwfix Direct (Western) League team, Bideford. After watching them lose 9-0 at Taunton just after his appointment was announced, Edwards guided Bideford to only their second League success of the season on Saturday: a 1-0 home win over Westbury. On Wednesday, though, they lost 6-1 at Tiverton, who have won all 13 of their League games this term.

Brigg Town, the FA Carlsberg Vase holders, begin their defence with a second-round tie tomorrow at Brandon United.

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