Former Rovers goalkeeper Tim Flowers has been named as new manager at non-league club Redditch United.

Flowers began his career at Wolves and had stints at Southampton and Swindon before heading to East Lancashire in 1993. He went on to become a key figure at Ewood Park, racking up more than 200 appearances over a six-year spell.

The shot stopper was part of the squad that won the Premier League title under Kenny Dalglish in 1995, playing alongside the likes of Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton and Colin Hendry.

After leaving Rovers, Flowers went on to play for Leicester, Stockport and Coventry. He also represented England on the international stage, winning 11 caps and earning selection for the 1998 World Cup.

The 57-year-old later held coaching roles at Manchester City, Coventry and Hull among others. He also had a spell in charge at Solihull Moors, finishing second in the National League and narrowly missing out on promotion to the Football League.

Flowers is relishing the challenge ahead and hopes to "have a right good go" next season.

“I’m delighted to be here,” he told the club website. “I’m proud to be here and I’m looking forward to a challenge, it’s a tough league where anyone can beat anyone.

“The football club has come off the back of a tremendous season last year with some fantastic footballers, and people will be expecting the same so we’ve got to shape and mould a squad so we’re ready for next season. 

“I’m looking forward to meeting the fans, I came to the Needham game and there was a fantastic atmosphere, all sides of the ground were in good voice and the place was rocking.

“Hopefully, the fans will turn up like that again to watch us early doors to help us get the results and try to match what we did last year. The plan is to have a right good go.”

Redditch play in the Southern League Premier Central and finished fourth last season under Matt Clarke, who stepped down earlier this month.

Chairman David Faulkner said: “There are a number of essential criteria that we were looking for in our next appointment. Most notably was to have a manager who could provide for us what our supporters have constantly asked for – stability. 

"Tim’s experiences as a player at an elite level, and his success as a manager of the top tier of non-league, will provide a long-term plan for us to continue to build on the performances of the team, alongside the growth of the club.

"Tim had a very successful time at Solihull Moors, narrowly missing out on taking them into the football league. 

"In his most recent years, he has spent time at teams in our League which now provides our club with access to a local network of players which is integral at our level of football. At interview, we were very impressed with his knowledge of our squad and the players and teams around us.

"One of the things that came across very strongly when we met was his desire and passion for being at Redditch United. Tim shares our belief that stability is key in non-league and he has been very keen to be part of our progress moving forward.”

Redditch also confirmed that first-team coach Ryan Conneely and goalkeeping coach Dan Price will remain at the club as part of Flowers' backroom staff.