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Russ Wilcox appointed by Scunthorpe on permanent basis

Wilcox had been in temporary charge of the League Two side

Scunthorpe caretaker manager Russ Wilcox has been rewarded for a fine spell in temporary charge by being handed the reins on a permanent basis.

Wilcox took control at the Sky Bet League Two club in November after Brian Laws was sacked and has led the Iron to four wins and a draw from his five games in charge, taking them into the automatic promotion places.

The 49-year-old, who was Laws' assistant at Glanford Park, has been given a 12-month rolling deal and will continue to be assisted by Tony Daws.

Chairman Peter Swann told the club's official website: "I am delighted to announce Russ Wilcox as manager on a 12-month rolling contract.

"It has become quite obvious over the five games in charge that Russ has taken this opportunity with both hands, not only bringing the players together, but being rewarded for that with five great results.

"It would be prudent for us to have a period of time before the January transfer window, to sit down and chat about players and that is better done with him as permanent manager.

"We all know that we cannot keep winning games and both Russ and myself understand that we have a long way to go, but I could not see beyond him at this moment in time and it makes a lot of sense."