Matlock Town have confirmed that both current physio Dave Rushbury and coach Martin Foster will be looking after team affairs until a new manager is appointed to replace Mark Atkins who resigned after Saturday’s home defeat by Halesowen Town.

Rushbury has previously managed both Chesterfield and Alfreton Town and arrived at the Autoworld Arena this summer, replacing former long serving physio Mick Cunningham.

Foster joined the Gladiators two years ago after a long and distinguished playing career including spells at Oxford United, Forest Green Rovers and Halifax and is still registered as a player for the Gladiators. Unfortunately he sustained a broken leg in a pre season game at Handsworth Parramore.

The Gladiators immediate aim is to stop the rot which has seen them beaten in their last three Evo_Stik NPL Premier Division matches and climb away from their precarious second bottom position. They travel to Grantham Town on Tuesday night and to Witton Albion this weekend.

Ian Richardson

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