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A year ago, Wayne Thomas signed for Kidderminster Harriers and today he’s been confirmed as the new manager of Rushall Olympic.

Wayne ThomasHe wasn’t able to establish himself at Kidderminster, making just over a handful of appearances in a season that also saw him go out on loan to both Altrincham and Stratford Town. He ended the season as their under-19 coach and although he’s taken the manager position at Rushall, he will continue with that role too.

Chairman John Allen had been managing Olympic but will return to concentrate on off field matters. He said of Thomas, now 38: “Having had several meetings with Wayne recently, it became clear to both myself and vice-chairman Nick Allen that bringing him to the club would be a huge positive for us.

“It means that I will be able to step aside and focus on my role as chairman alongside vice-chairman Nick Allen and the committee, safe in the knowledge that we have a very capable managerial team in place, spearheaded by Wayne.

Thomas started his career with Torquay before moving to Stoke. Burnley signed him on a Bosman free in the summer of 2005 but a bad injury and four red cards didn’t endear him to the Burnley supporters who, at the very mention of his name, will usually refer to the fact that Steve Cotterill managed to get £1.2 million from Southampton when we sold him in August 2007.

He later played for Doncaster before moving to Greece and then Cyprus after which he returned to England with Luton, Rochdale, Tamworth, Worcester before moving to America as a coach with New York Red Bulls.

He returned to playing last season but has now hung up his boots to coach the young players at Kidderminster and manage Northern Premier League club Rushall Olympic.

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