WINDSOR have announced the appointment of former Windsor & Eton captain Mark Cooper as the new first team manager, writes Rob Stevens.

Cooper had a distinguished playing career in non-league football with Harrow Borough, Hendon and AFC Wimbledon, culminating in a spell with The Royalists between 2006 and 2009.

Since his retirement, Cooper has built a successful chain of estate agents whilst keeping his footballing hand in by coaching with AFC Henley Youth.

Windsor Chairman James Anderson said: "We're really looking forward to having Mark at the club.

"We believe that our football club provides the best platform for young players who are looking to progress to a higher level.

"Mark's leadership and man-management abilities really stood out to us and will be hugely valuable in working with our young squad. His understanding of non-league football will also be a huge asset in balancing the youth and experience needed to succeed at this level.

"The club would also like to take this opportunity to place on record it's thanks to Luke Brook-Smith for ably taking on the role of interim manager over the past month. Luke took on this added responsibility with absolute grace and class, which allowed us the time to conduct a thorough and in-depth search for the right person to manage the club."

Cooper will take charge of his first game as Windsor manager when Easington Sports visit Stag Meadow in the Hellenic League Premier Division this Saturday (3pm).