New assistant manager for Scunthorpe United FC

New assistant manager for Scunthorpe United FC

New assistant manager for Scunthorpe United FC

Mark Lillis has been appointed the new assistant manager of Scunthorpe United FC, it has been announced.

Twenty-one years later, Lillis returns to the role he left in 1999 following a memorable play-off final promotion at Wembley to the then-Second Division.

He was originally assistant manager between 1996 and 1999, before leaving to become manager at Halifax Town.

This was followed by spells of coaching at Derby County, Stockport County, Morecambe, Huddersfield Town and Chennalyin FC.

Discussing the new role, Mark Lillis said:

“It’s fantastic to return. I got a phone call from Coxy, (Neil Cox) which was good, and got the opportunity to come back.

“I’ve recently been working in a care home over in Manchester on the frontline, which was a tough job for the last six or seven months, but they were fantastic to me.

“I’ve seen a different side outside of the football bubble, but jumped at the chance really when Neil rang. It didn’t take me long to say yes.

“(My family) lived in this town for 18 years and I know how the people want us to play. They want to see the lads pull that shirt on and play for the badge, not the name on the back of their shirt – which is so important.

“Coxy is younger than me, I have a bit more experience than him and I’m hoping I can play a part in us having a good positive season – that’s so important.”

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