Following a historic season, Malvern Town have announced that their co-managers Lee Hooper and Stephen Cleal have committed to another season at the Hillsiders.

Coming off of an impressive performance in their first season back in the Southern League, securing a top-ten finish and a joint record points tally, Lee Hooper and Stephen Cleal have signed an extension that will see them continue to spearhead the club for 2024/25.

Club chairman Chris Pinder said: "After the club’s most successful season in history and our highest-ever finish, the board are extremely happy to secure the management duo of Lee Hooper and Stephen Cleal for the 2024/25 campaign.


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"We believe that stability and continuation is critical to us not losing momentum we have gained this year and, of course, we are only part way through a multi-year plan, in which the management team have our full backing and support in our shared endeavour for success.”

Co-manager Hooper said: "I am really looking forward to building a squad to go again.

"We have set ourselves targets within the group and we will do all we can as a management group to achieve those targets.

"It's great that the coaching staff and physios are all on board as we have a great team with the same objectives."

Fellow co-manager Cleal added: "I am absolutely delighted to continue as co-manager with Hoops to help drive this fantastic football club forward.

"Something special is happening here and it’s very hard to say no to.

"I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for the club."

First-team coach, Andy Bevan, has also committed to remaining part of the backroom staff at HDANYWHERE Community Stadium.

He said: "I’m delighted to be able to continue with the football club.

"Hoops, Sooty and everyone involved have made me feel very welcome.

"We’ve had a challenging season; it started off with our style that got the club success to get promotion into Step 4, but could not be replicated at this higher level, so we changed our philosophy and style to become harder to break down first and foremost and I was delighted with the outcomes as we ended with a highest points-per-game total in the club's history at step four."

He added: “The challenge ahead to build on this and evolve our game model again is incredibly exciting and I was only too happy to commit to the club for the 2024/25 campaign.”