LYE Town have appointed Dudley Town's Dean Whitehouse as their new manager following the departure of Andy Wyton.

Whitehouse has already brought in Craig Love as his assistant with Colin Debney arriving as general manager.

Grant Joshua, who was assistant to Wyton, remains at Lye in a coaching capacity.

Lye Town chairman Brian Blakemore confirmed: "Dean did a great job at Dudley Town last season and we're delighted to have him on board after Andy Wyton decided to stand down.

"There's a real buzz and an energy about the place at the moment and with a reasonable chance of two sides going up this season owing to re-organisation at Step 5 and Step 6 level, there's now a real incentive for sides.

"Previously it was a case of finish top or bust."