Stotfold have announced their new permanent manager - and it should come as no surprise.

Paul Donnelly took on the role as caretaker following Brett Donnelly's switch to Hitchin Town and has excelled.

Two defeats in games two and three of his tenure were followed by three wins on the bounce, all by the same 3-1 score, and they then made it four in a row on Saturday with a 4-1 success at Kempston Rovers.

Henry Snee got two of them in that game, taking him to seven in the last four, while Codi-Lee Spavins and Callum Kane got the others as they continued the surge up the table.

That was more than enough for chairman Rob Parkin to pull the trigger and hand Donnelly the job.

He said: "I am pleased to confirm that following discussions, Paul Donnelly has accepted the position of first-team manager on a permanent basis.

"Following the departure of Brett Donnelly to Hitchin Town, Paul took on the position of interim manager with an objective to secure our place in the Southern League Division One Central.

"Paul has had an excellent four weeks, picking up 15 points from 21 and securing as top-10 finish.

"He joined the SFC management team as assistant to cousin Brett in the 2021-2022 season.

"He has helped us to achieve two successive promotions, taking us from step six to step four of the National League System, the highest playing level in the history of the club.

"I felt it important to sort out the position of first-team manager as early as possible and it is great news that Paul has accepted the position as it will maintain the stability and continuity across the club, both on and off the field.

"Paul has started to formulate his plans and management team for the forthcoming season, confirming Callum Donnelly and Ryan Frater as his assistants.

"I look forward to the new season and I am sure our supporters and everyone involved in the club welcome the news of Paul's appointment and will give him their full support."

Speaking on Twitter, the new boss admitted his delight in landing the position.

Donnelly said: "It’s an absolute honour to be offered to job full time, especially at a club that’s so close to my heart.

"I look forward to carrying on the hard work we’ve put in over the last three years and keeping the club moving in the right direction.

"Thanks to all the well wishers."

They finish their season at home to Leighton Town on Saturday.