REDDITCH United have announce the appointment of Ian King as the club's new manager.

King arrives to take over at the Trico Stadium after spending several years working at clubs such as Birmingham City and Northampton Town in the professional ranks and also Leamington and Daventry Town at semi-professional level.

He will also will continue in his current role with the Football League and currently coaches at Northampton Town with players within the professional development phase.

Redditch United chairman Chris Swan said: “On behalf of the board, players, staff and supporters, I would like to formally welcome Ian to the Trico Stadium.

"Upon meeting Ian, it became clear that his experience and vision for the future was exactly the kind of profile needed to take the club forward.

“When asked what he can bring to Redditch United to take the club forward, it quickly became clear that his understanding of our potential and how to unlock it meant he emerged as the outstanding candidate. Ian boasts a wealth of experience that the Reds are confident will help the club achieve its goals and expectations.”

King will be familiar to some Redditch supporters after donning the red jersey during the 2005-2006 season and is confident that his forward-thinking style of football and leadership skills will excite supporters off the pitch and generate results on it.

He said: “I am proud to become the new manager of Redditch United. This is an ambitious club, run by a determined chairman to achieve success, so when the opportunity arose, it was one too good for me to turn down.

“I am looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters, to deliver attacking and attractive football and achieving lasting success that the whole town of Redditch can be proud of.”

During King's early professional playing days, he wore the team colours of both Aston Villa and Stoke City.

He also enjoyed a playing career with various other professional and semi-professional clubs, including Rushden & Diamonds, Stevenage Borough, Nuneaton Borough and Kettering Town.

He relished a spell down under in Australia with Perth Glory and APIA Leichardt Tigers, where he gained valuable coaching and managerial experience, guiding the Tigers to a play-off final along the way.

Returning to the UK, King has worked in various youth developments roles with Birmingham City, where he helped the progression of current Premier League players such as Demarai Gray, Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland.

More recently, he played an instrumental role as assistant manager in Leamington’s journey to the National League, gaining promotion for The Brakes in May 2017.