Non-league club appoint UK’s youngest-ever manager, 28, who beats ex-Spurs boss

A non-league club have appointed the UK's youngest-ever manager at 28-years-old, beating former Tottenham boss Ryan Mason's previous record.

Dover Athletic have confirmed Mitch Brundle as a the club's new manager after he agreed an 18-month deal with the National League South side following a spell in temporary charge. He beats the previous record of youngest UK manager, held by former Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason, who oversaw the final seven matches of the 2020/21 season.

Brundle had only returned to Dover for a second spell as a player in the summer, having previously played for the club between 2017 and 2019.

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Speaking to the club's website, he explained: “I am over the moon to be given this opportunity. I love this club and have always given everything both on and off the pitch. The football club means a lot to me and I am looking forward to putting my own stamp on things.”

Meanwhile, Dover chairman Jim Parmenter added: “Mitch has done really well since he took the reins. The team's performances in the last three games show that we will have a bright future under his leadership along with Mike Sandmann.”

Brundle took temporary charge following the dismissal of Andy Hessenthaler earlier this month and helped Dover to a 1-0 home win against Taunton Town last week along with narrow losses to bottom club Hungerford Town and second place Ebbsfleet United.

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As a player, midfielder Brundle began his career with Yeovil and had spells with the likes of Bristol City, Barnet and Dagenham & Redbridge before returning to the Crabble in July.

He will begin his permanent tenure on Tuesday with a trip to Chatham Town in the Kent Cup before the Whites host Havant & Waterlooville in the league on Saturday.

After 26 matches, Dover currently find themselves 16th in the National League South, eight points clear of the relegation zone and 11 points adrift of the play-off places.


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