Stockport County assistant boss Stuart Watkiss forced to leave job for health reasons

By Matt Davies

Stockport County assistant manager Stuart Watkiss has left the club by mutual consent due to health issues, just six weeks after taking up the role.

The former Mansfield boss joined the club at the end of January, but following a spate of illnesses, both parties agreed it was best for him to take some time out.

It means Darije Kalezic took charge of County’s 2-0 away win at Barrow last night without an aide at his side.

Watkiss left the Hatters ahead of that game, but they now sit five points clear of the drop zone in 17th following victory in Cumbria.

During his brief spell at the club alongside Kalezic, he oversaw nine fixtures, winning two and losing five, as County attempt to stave off relegation.

In a statement on County’s official website, the club thanked Watkiss for his work at the club.

“All at Edgeley Park thank Stuart for his efforts during his time with County and wish him a full and speedy recovery,” it said.

In his playing days, the towering centre-half played for Walsall, Hereford United and Mansfield Town, among others, before turning to management.

Watkiss took charge of Mansfield in 2002, and lead the club to their first promotion in ten years but he struggled in Division Two and was sacked before Christmas that year.

He went on to have spells at Kidderminster Harriers and then as an assistant at Grimsby Town where he remained until 2009.

Phil Brown at Hull appointed him as development coach at Hull City, where Watkiss spent almost three years before leaving ahead of Steve Bruce’s arrival in 2012.

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