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Michael Jackson staying with Shrewsbury Town

21 February 2014

Shrewsbury Town have appointed Michael Jackson as manager on a deal until the end of the season.

Jackson has been caretaker boss since Graham Turner resigned his position at the end of January and the Sky Bet League One club feel that continuity will be important in their battle against relegation.

Chairman Roland Wycherley said via a statement on Shrewsbury's official website: "T he board has reviewed an extensive list" of candidates and it was clear Michael was the closest match to the profile the board set for the position.

"He is certainly highly qualified holding all professional coaching badges including a UEFA Pro Licence.

"The board had been impressed by the work ethic, technical analysis, knowledge and hunger for the job that Michael had demonstrated during his tenure as caretaker manager.

"This brings continuity and stability and Michael has now been at the club for five-and-a-half years as a senior pro and coach.

"On the field, in an extremely tough spell of games the team has regained some pride and passion. Going forward Michael's analysis, vision and positive approach made the future exciting at a time, when it is all too easy to focus on the current league position.

"It was a unanimous decision to give Michael the opportunity. We are sure that everyone will wish Michael the best of luck in his new position and will get behind him and his team."

During Jackson's spell in charge Shrewsbury have drawn both their home matches - against league leaders Brentford and play-off hopefuls Port Vale - but have been beaten away at Swindon and Sheffield United.

His first game as full-time manager is on Saturday at Meadow Lane against relegation rivals Notts County, who are immediately above the 23rd-placed Shrews in the table.

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