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Dave Flitcroft

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Dave Flitcroft was announced as Swindon Town's new Manager on Monday 5th June 2017, putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.

Born in Bolton, Flitcroft began his career with Preston North End in 1992 but he only made a handful of outings for the club before spending a short stint on loan with Lincoln City. 

A move to Chester City took place the following year and the tough-tackling midfielder went on to play a key role in the club's promotion to Division Two. 

After racking up nearly 200 appearances for Chester, Flitcroft agreed a switch to Rochdale in 1999 and it proved to be a match made in heaven with The Dale reaching the Division Two Play-Offs in 2001/02, in addition to making it all the way to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup the following season.

Having clocked up over a century of games during his time at Spotland, Flitcroft went on to have short spells with Macclesfield Town, Bury and Hyde before deciding to call time on his playing career. 

He opted to cut his teeth in coaching midway through the 2006/07 campaign, joining old club Rochdale as Keith Hill's Assistant. The pair formed a close working relationship and they were both snapped up by Barnsley in June 2011. 

And it was at Oakwell where Flitcroft was handed his first shot at the big time after he was placed in Caretaker charge following Hill's departure during the 2012/13 season.

It did the trick too with Flitcroft guiding his side to some impressive results on their way to securing their Championship status in dramatic circumstances, exploits that led to the former player being handed the top job on a permeant basis. 

He then took over at Bury in December 2013 and again performed miracles, steering the club away from the relegation zone and to an impressive 12th placed finish.

It got even better the following season as, after some impressive work in the transfer market, The Shakers set a new club record for points picked up on their way to securing automatic promotion to League One. 

More shrewd recruitment ensured that Flitcroft oversaw a solid first season in the third tier of English football for Bury, while he also led them to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. 

With his stock rising, Flitcroft was interviewed for the England U21 job and he was in the final four to be considered for the role, with only a lack of international experience counting against him.

Following a spell working in recruitment for Leicester City, Flitcroft was back in management earlier this month after taking over at The County Ground where he'll be hoping to add another promotion to his CV.