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Shrewsbury appoint Jackson

Shrewsbury have appointed former defender Michael Jackson as their manager until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Jackson, 40, has been with the League One club for the last five years and has been working with the first-team squad as caretaker boss since Graham Turner resigned last month.

Chairman Roland Wycherley said the Shrews' board had reviewed an extensive list of candidate for the permanent role, but felt Jackson had demonstrated enough during his time in charge to keep the role.

"It was clear Michael was the closest match to the profile the board set for the position. He is certainly highly qualified holding all professional coaching badges including a UEFA Pro Licence," he said.

"This brings continuity and stability and Michael has now been at the club for five-and-a-half years as a senior pro and coach."

"(It was) a unanimous decision to give Michael the opportunity. We are sure, that everyone will wish Michael the best of luck in his new position and will get behind him and his team."

Shrewsbury lie in 23rd in the League One table with 15 games remaining for Jackson to get them out of trouble.

Jackson began his playing career with Crewe before moving on to Bury, Preston and then Tranmere. He was a League One play-off final winner with Blackpool in 2007, and then signed for the Shrews in 2008 but was forced to retire at the age of 36 due to a persistent knee injury.