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Stockport County appoint Ian Bogie as new boss following sacking of Bosnian Darije Kalezic

By Matt Davies

Stockport County have appointed former Gateshead boss Ian Bogie after parting company with coach Darije Kalezic.

A run of poor results – including last night’s defeat to Luton Town – ensured the Bosnian lasted less than two months in charge of the Hatters.

Bogie joins on a contract until summer 2014 and will take charge of the clash with Newport County this weekend with his side just two points above the drop zone.

In a statement on County’s website, vice-chairman Spencer Fearn said the club had parted company with Kalezic by mutual consent after just 12 games in charge.

“Despite Darije having excellent calibre and being a top quality coach the move, for a number of reasons, just hasn’t worked out how either party had envisaged,” he explained.

“The reality is that despite our best intentions we believe that we got the decision to employ a manager without Conference experience wrong.

“With seven cup finals remaining we have to try and make a positive move that will give us a better chance of retaining our Blue Square Premier status.”

County chief executive Ryan McKnight called for fans to fully support the club during the seven games left this season.

“It is now more important than ever that the people of Stockport get behind their football club for the vital last stage of the season,” he said.

Alan Lord will assist Bogie in the County’s remaining games this season from his role as head of development.

The Hatters new boss made almost 400 Football League appearances with Newcastle United, Preston North-End, Millwall, Leyton Orient, Port Vale and Kidderminster Harriers.

He took up the management duties at Gateshead in 2007, leading the club to two successive promotions via the play-offs in 2008 and 2009.

Bogie echoed the views of McKnight, insisting the club needs to pull together to escape the situation they currently find themselves in.

“Stockport County is a massive club with a great history, but everyone knows that there is a big challenge on to get them out of the precarious position they are in,” he told the club’s website.

“However it is a challenge that I am looking forward to immensely.

“Obviously I will be leaning heavily on Alan Lord for the first week but I have plenty of experience in this division and I believe that there is enough quality in the playing staff for us to work with as I look to put my stamp on the club.

“Having played at Edgeley Park myself in the past, I know how the ‘blue & white army’ can intimidate opposing teams and I would ask that players, staff and supporters get behind us as we play the seven cup finals that we have and believe that together we can pull through.”

Picture courtesy of Ricard 16, via Wikicommons, with thanks

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