The Robins have moved swiftly to appoint Dean Whitehouse and Dave Smith as joint managers after Mark Kavanagh decided to fly the nest.

Kavanagh has left the club by mutual consent after meeting the Dudley Town board.

The former boss had been in charge for three seasons and it is now believed he will be moving to Willenhall Town as assistant manager.

Club President Nevil Jeynes, praised the out-going boss.

He said: "We would like to thank Mark for his efforts and wish him all the best.

"He feels he's taken the club as far as he can and thats his prerogative and now we just move on."

The club who will be moving to the Dell Stadium this summer did not take long to fill the void left by appointing assistant manager, Whitehouse and head coach, Dave Smith as joint managers.

The quick appointment was an easy one to make according to Jeynes.

He added: "This was an easy decision for us to make because it gives maintains the continuity we wanted.

"The pair already know all of our players are highly respected by them all so we don't expect their to be an exodus of players.

"I really do think with Dean and Dave at the helm supporters can look forward to our first season at the Dell Stadium with confidence.

"I'm sure the team and the club will go from strength to strength under the pair."