After one of the most testing times the Hatters have faced in recent seasons, a new era has started under the watchful eye of Paul Simpson.
The club had been under so many storm clouds last season, as they struggled to fight for their very existence while their noisier neighbours in blue and red flashed the cash as if it was going out of fashion. They too have had their problems, but nothing in comparison to the Hatters.
Relegated and life draining out of the club, Stockport County knew that the summer would be a massive time for everyone concerned with the football club.
After all the gloom and doom of the never-ending take over, finally, a light at the end of this long darkened tunnel with the news that the 2015 Consortium had won the bid to take ownership of the club.
This football club has a love from its loyal support that knows no bounds, they have been through the mill in recent times and if one club deserves success and a platform to show the world what football means to the fans, it's Stockport County.
Things have moved on since the dark days of relegation and cost cutting, Stockport County had to look forward and move quickly to appoint a new manager and in doing so they have brought in a man with a pedigree for success in his previous clubs. That man is Paul Simpson.
Simpson has been manager at Rochdale, Carlisle, Preston and Shrewsbury and he has guided his teams to either the Play-Offs or promotion in his time with them, and he was only sacked earlier this season as Shrewsbury lay five points off the play-off positions with two games remaining.
You get the feeling that Paul Simpson is a man on a mission, many may say its mission impossible but the faithful at Edgeley Park will back Paul and former player and assistant manager Peter Ward, to the hilt and even though the odds are stacked against them, it would be fantastic to see Stockport County prove all the doubters wrong and rise again to be a force and be talked about for all the right reasons.
The 5-0 win over Northwich Victoria, in which both new signings (Mark Lynch and Barry Conlon) played, and the 1-0 defeat to SPL new boys Inverness Cally Thistle will only help the Hatters gain some much needed match fitness and confidence. It will also help Paul Simpson decide on his best eleven before the team run out for their first League Two fixture at Southend on August 7th and the League Cup tie v Preston.
The Hatters faithful will finally see the Paul Simpson’s Stockport County team take their Edgeley Park bow against Wycombe Wanderers, and we wish the very best of luck to him and everyone at the club this season.
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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