Stoke Appoints Tillson
Stoke City can announce that they have appointed Andy Tillson as their new manager. Tillson will move to the Stoke hot seat having only been part of the Exeter City coaching staff since retiring from football in 2003. Tillson, 46, has had a playing career which spanned over 16 years where he most notably played for Bristol Rovers where he was Captain and their record signing an accolade he still holds 20 years after.
Tillson was a hard hitting center back in his playing days, which fits in well with the style of play that Stoke offer. This however is no indication to how Stoke will play under Tillson.
Tillson’s first bit of business was to bring in a new assistant after he relieved David Kemp of his duties almost instantly. The man brought into replace him was another former footballer and man who has limited experience since his retirement, Carl Fletcher, the former Plymouth Argyle manager is set to manage the Stoke City team through their pre-season fixtures while Tillson looks over the team and decides who will stay and who will go.
Tillson’s first game in charge will be a tough one, taking on Everton on the opening day of the season. Everton are expected to win the game in comfortable fashion but Tillson’s never say die attitude won’t let Stoke go into the game thinking they will lose.