Rocester have appointed Andy O'Connor to work alongside Damian Grocott as joint-manager.

O'connor, who previously managed North West Counties team Stone Dominoes, was welcomed at Hillsfield this week.Grocott, who is currently assisted by Mick and Paul Ede at the club, says he is delighted with the support.

He said: "Andy has a wealth of experience and he did well at Dominoes.

"He's a lad who I like and I've grown up with him.

"He wanted to come back into football and we can use his experience.

"Andy's come in to help myself out and assist Mick and Paul Ede coaching. No-one is being pushed out. It's just a situation where Andy's knowledge of local players and contacts will help the club.

"It's all about progression in the club and about moving us forward and I think Andy can help to achieve that."

O'Connor was introduced to the Romans squad at training on Tuesday, along with new playing recruit John Hassell.

Hassell has had previous spells playing at Rocester and was with Hednesford until the end of last season.

Grocott said: "He's a left sided player and he can play at left-back or in midfield."

Hassell is likely to be involved in Rocester's FA Cup second qualifying round match at Gedling Town on Saturday.

Uttoxeter Post & Times 28/09/06