Ian Rimmer has stepped down as Manager of Stockport Town U21s after one season in charge. The popular coach recently became a father for the second time and the end of the season marked the perfect opportunity to take a step away from intensive coaching.
Ian joined the club in June 2016 as joint manager of the U18s, and was part of the successful recruitment process that led to the team winning the North West Youth Alliance Second Division this season.
Despite initially coaching the U18s Ian swiftly moved up to take on the role of U21s Manager, leading the team to a sixth place finish in a season that included memorable wins against Witton Albion, West Kirby and Abbey Hey.
Ian also had a stint as Joint Caretaker Manager of the first team at the back end of 2016, taking on the unenviable position of managing a team depleted of 9 first team regulars at short notice.
Seb Rowe, Chairman of Stockport Town said "We would like to thank Ian for all of the hard work that he has put in during the season. Sometimes the role of the U21s manager can go unnoticed. Its not necessarily the results that are important, but more how many players are ready for the first team. We've seen a number of players progress this season and a lot of the credit goes to Ian and his assistant Steve. Ian has made a huge contribution to the U18s and the first team and we appreciate the great level of commitment he has shown throughout. He now has the opportunity to spend some quality time with his family".
Despite stepping down as manager, Rimmer will continue to be involved with the club taking on a role as part of the backroom staff.
The Lions have already started the hunt for Ian's replacement and will be looking to make an announcement in the very near future.