Dean Holdsworth becomes Aldershot manager

Aldershot have appointed former Wimbledon and Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth as their new manager.

The npower League Two strugglers parted company with Kevin Dillon on Monday after a poor run of results and have turned to the 42-year-old to take charge at the Recreation Ground.

Holdsworth leaves his position at Blue Square Bet Premier newcomers Newport County - whom he has led to an impressive fifth in the table.

County won the Blue Square South last season with 103 points - a record haul for all three Conference divisions - beating the previous total set by Aldershot when the club was promoted to the Football League in 2008.

His first game as a league manager will come at Bury on Saturday.

Holdsworth has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and will be assisted by Matthew Bishop.

Bishop, a highly-qualified coach with the Football Association of Wales, was number two to Holdsworth at County and will continue his role as the duo look to prevent a slide into the npower League Two relegation zone.