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Appointing director of football 'exciting move' for Shrewsbury says Dave Edwards

Shrewsbury Town’s appointment of Micky Moore is exciting for the club – according to Dave Edwards.

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Moore accepted the role as Salop’s first-ever director of football last week after more than a week of discussions.

Shropshire Star columnist and former Town midfielder Edwards believes the club have done well to get the former Cheltenham Town man on board.

He said: “It is a really good appointment and it is obviously the way the football club wants to go.

“They have set up this new football board and a director of football was key to that happening.

“I have been at clubs with a director of football and I understand how it works. They are sort of the middle man between the playing staff and the board and if done right, it can work really well. There is lots of uncertainty around manager Steve Cotterill’s future at the moment.

“I think it is important that there is some solidity and getting Micky Moore in nice and early does that.

“Whatever the next stages they have done well to get that boxed off nice and early in the off-season.”

Moore helped build the Robins’ squad that went on to achieve two of the club’s highest Football League finishes, as well a League Two title – the first one in their history.

And Edwards said there is lots to like about the job he did at his former club.

“When you look at his credentials it is exciting, when you look at some of the players he has brought through,” he continued. “How well Cheltenham have done on a tight budget he is perfect for what Shrewsbury are after at the moment. For Shrewsbury to do well in League One, they cannot match the big teams budget-wise, when you look at the success the club has had this year and the success they had under Paul Hurst that was all built around good loan players.

“This season just gone was another example of that. If you can get a good nucleus, which Steve Cotterill has developed over the last couple of years, and add in some real quality around it in the loan market then Shrewsbury are going to get the most joy.

“Moore has really good links to the West Midlands when you look at a lot of the players he has taken into Cheltenham with him.

“It will be great for Premier League clubs and big Championship clubs in the West Midlands to have Shrewsbury as an option.

“With the connections he has, we might just get some gems from those sorts of clubs. I am really excited to see who he can bring and I am looking forward to hearing what his vision is.”