ILKLEY Town's first team manager Simon Armstrong has had his backroom staff strengthened, with three new coaches added to the side.

This set up includes the first team and reserve team, who are members of the West Yorkshire League, and an U21 Team that play midweek games under the lights at Ben Rhydding.

Sam Dexter joins as assistant first team manager to Armstrong, with Olly Musgrave as reserves manager and Jeremy Zorilla as head coach for the U21s. In addition, Anthony Hart has moved into the U21 manager's seat.

Club chairman Richard Giles had this to say about the appointments: "I am delighted with the quality of the new additions to our management team. The new coaches will ring some fresh ideas and add to the quality coaches that we already have.

"Continuity is important to us as well as bringing new ideas into the club. Simon Armstrong and Dave Houlston will work with Sam and the first team, which will be great.

"Olly and Jeremy will join Peter Iliff and Iain McDonnell who will provide continuity for the reserves and U21s."

Armstrong had this to say about Dexter joining him: "I’m delighted Sam has agreed to join us as assistant player/manager. He is a perfect fit for us, experienced, qualified, committed and hungry to push the club forward.

"He's a great addition to our already established professional set up and is excited to embark on his new challenge."

Musgrave joins after managing Ilkley Dynamos and is making the switch to Saturday football to develop his managerial and coaching experience.

Meanwhile, Ilkley will continue to focus on player development. The U21 team is a great breeding ground for young players coming through the club and for the past two years, Hart has managed Town's academy team.

He has an impressive track record of developing talented young players and Giles said: "I’m delighted Anthony has agreed to step up to manage the U21s. He has a passion for player development and this role will suit him perfectly.

"We have a strong group of young players which is exciting for the club. Iain has the experience of being involved with the U21s last year and Jeremy will bring some fresh thinking to the set up.

"Anthony, Iain and Jeremy give us a strong foundation to take the U21s to the next level."