FRAMPTON UNITED have appointed Josh Loveridge as their new manager.

The 25-year-old joins the County League outfit from Brimscombe and Thrupp Development side after previously coaching at Forest Green within their academy set up.

Loveridge replaces Mat Blythe who switched to Shortwood United last month after steering Frampton to second in the County League and a Stroud Charity cup final victory over Stonehouse Town.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed first team manager at Frampton,” said Loveridge.

“I’m proud and grateful to be given the opportunity to join such a well-run club.”

Loveridge has already started his backroom staff recruitment by bringing in former Stonehouse, Shortwood and Slimbridge goalkeeper Buster Davies, who was part of his coaching team at Brimscombe.

However, he leaves Brimscombe with a heavy heart, he added: “ I loved being at Brimscombe, but the draw of managing a first team at a decent level was too much to down.”

Loveridge cut his managerial teeth at the tender age of 16, starting at Stonehouse youth and onto Rodborough before joining Forest Green. He boasts a UEFA B licence and is set to study a master’s degree in performance analysis at Gloucestershire University in September.

Frampton start pre-season training on Tuesday, June 25, 6pm for a 6.30pm start.