Skipper is the new man at Town’s helm

Steyning's new first-team manager Alan Skipper
Steyning's new first-team manager Alan Skipper

STEYNING Town Football Club have named Alan Skipper as their new first-team manager.

In what is a new-look coaching set-up at Town, Skipper will be joined by head coach Richard Brannigan, while Dan McCabe joins the club as a coach and Gareth Dutton and Paul Hawkins will also work with Skipper.

The club have been on the look-out for a new boss since John Suter left last month.

Skipper, who used to manage the club’s reserve side, spoke of his delight at returning to Steyning and said: “I am delighted to be announced as Steyning town FC first-team manager.

“This is a great opportunity for me to work with a club that wants to progress each season and move forward.

“I will be looking be get involved in helping the club progress both on and off the field of play.

“With my management and coaching team, we will be looking forward to working with last year’s groups of players, many of whom Richard and I know, while at the same time adding a few new faces.

“With a good under-18 set-up in place and the introduction of the under-21 squad, we have a big job at the club to ensure there is a clear path and programme for the development and progression of the right players.

“We will be working hard over the coming weeks to ensure the structure is in place for players to enjoy their football and flourish.”

A statement from Steyning’s football management committee said: “We are delighted to have Alan and Richard back on board at the club and we also offer a warm welcome to Dan to Steyning Town FC.

“Alan did a great job running our reserve side when he was last here, although work restrictions at the time meant he could not carry on as he wished.

“This is no longer the case and and we are confident under his guidance the new team he pulls together will be successful at building on what we have at the club, as well as working closely with, and developing, the pipeline of good young players that we have coming through.

“Naturally, we are delighted that long-serving club players Paul and Gareth are there to supplement and support the coaching set-up.

“This is the first in a number of announcements we are looking to make over the coming weeks as we continue with our policy to put in place a more structured, longer term, well qualified management and coaching team that will give the club more stability.

“We hope that everybody at the club gets behind Alan and the team and ensures that, as a club, we make good progress. “

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