Mark Yates is one of the most respected managers in the lower leagues having turned around the fortunes of npower League Two side Cheltenham Town and, before them, Conference outfit Kidderminster Harriers.
The 43-year-old enjoyed a long playing career, clocking up over 600 appearances for the likes of Birmingham City, Doncaster Rovers, Kidderminster and Cheltenham.
But as a leader on the training ground he really excelled, enjoying a firm grounding as first-team coach at Burnley before taking the reins at Kidderminster. He won the Warwickshire club the FA Trophy at Wembley before moving to Cheltenham. Last season, the Robins almost achieved promotion but lost their play-off final to Crewe Alexandra; but this term are on the cusp of the automatic promotion picture through playing a brand of positive, attacking football.