The Management 2017/18

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Kevin O'Donnell - Joint First Team Manager

Kevin joined the Seasiders from Thetford Town where he was assistant manager and coach from June 2011 until October 2012, helping the Norfolk based club to gain promotion from the Eastern Counties League (Thurlow Nunn League) First Division to the Premier Division after 21 years in the second tier. Previous to that he spent five years as club coach at Needham Market seeing them gain promotion from the ECL into the Isthmian (Ryman) League.

When first appointed it was as joint manager with Rob Charles, but by the end of that first season, 12/13, Kevin had been confirmed as manager in his own right after Rob Charles had left the club.

In his four full seasons at the helm the Seasiders have finished 3rd, 5th, 4th and last season (2016/17) he took the club to their highest ever finish as runners up, plus achieved the Seasiders best ever run in the Emitates FA Cup before being knocked out by Southern League  Beaconsfield SYCOB in the 3rd qualifying round, a tremendous achievement for a step 5 club.

A UEFA  B Licenced coach, Kevin also holds an FA  level 1 goalkeeping badge, sports therapist qualifications plus many other sports related qualifications.

He works for BT as a Network Operations Manager based at Martlesham Heath and prior to being employed by BT he spent five year in HM Forces as an instructor.

Kevin also has a sound knowledge of Junior football and the importance it carries within clubs at our level, having spent 10 years as the Chairman/Manager of Needham Market Phoenix Youth FC.

Sponsor - Shaun Rudduck

 

Ian Watson - Joint First Team Manager

Ian joined the Seasiders from Suffolk & Ipswich League Premier Division side Felixstowe Harpers United, where he had been the manager for several seasons. A Civil Servant of some 28 years he is married to Jo and they have three daughters and a son, the latter already with the Seasiders in the club's Under 14 side.

Ian began playing men's football at the age of 16 for the then Ipswich & District League side Nicholians, before moving across town to Ransomes where he made his senior debut against Billericay Town in the FA Vase.

His first involvement with the club (then Walton United) came when he was 21 playing for nine seasons before moving to Grundisburgh, but just five games into his time at the village club he joined Bury Town, then playing in the Jewson League and managed by Keith Vince.

Ian rejoined the 'new' Seasiders when the clubs merged to become Felixstowe & Walton United, playing under Steve Bloomfield & George Ainsley and then Paul Adams, before a difference of opinion between them ended with Ian moving to Felixstowe United & playing junior football in the SIL Division One. He took on the role of Player Manager and together with Dave McCarthy managed to achieve promotion to Senior Football in their second season in charge.

Ian considered retiring at the tender age of 36 but an approach from Grundisburgh renewed his enthusiasm, and in three seasons he managed to win the Suffolk Senior Cup and every piece of silverware available in the Suffolk & Ipswich League.

When asked what he did as a civil servant, he did say he would have to kill me if he told me, but did confirm that he had represented his department at the very highest level, winning a civil service National Cup medal, playing in a European Championship at Vichy and playing the French Civil Service National team at the Parc de Prince.

He continues in his third Managerial spell, this time working jointly with Kevin O'Donnell, and when speaking to him following his appointment he said 

“It is a privilege to be joint manager with Kev this season. It has certainly been an exciting two years so far, culminating in the opening of our wonderful new clubhouse. There are so many of us that have waited many years for this to happen and my thanks go out to those that have made it a reality, namely Chris Daynes and Colin Butcher. When we say we are a community club, you only have to look at people coming together to finish the club off. I look forward to seeing the new bar rocking over the coming years. I personally cannot wait for the new campaign to begin, with even more league competition than last season. I can’t wait to see all of our fantastic support that has grown immensely, you are part of what makes my Saturdays so enjoyable”

You can contact Ian by calling 07980 829846

Sponsor - Felixstowe Radio - Pat Haseman

Andy Crump - First Team Coach

Rejoined the club two seasons ago as First Team Coach having first played for the Seasiders under Steve Bloomfield when the two clubs first merged back at the start of the millennium.

Andy who is married to Charlotte is currently employed as Education Manager by Inspire, Suffolk, a charity organisation based in Ipswich with whom the club have close connections. He has an excellent knowledge of coaching, having spent many years at Ipswich Town managing their Player Development Centre.

Working with the Seasiders, Inspire Suffolk and Andy are currently local education providers delivering programmes such as the BTEC Level 3 Football Scholarship programme.

Originally on schoolboy forms with Norwich City he was released at 16 and joined The Seasiders and played for us in the Suffolk Premier Cup Final of 2002 against AFC Sudbury.

Andy moved along the A14 to Ipswich Wanderers where he played under Jason Dozell and helped the club to promotion from Division One. After a spell out of the game he rejoined the Seasiders and was again involved in a promotion battle under Steve Potts before moving to Grundisburgh where he spent three years, winning the SIL Premier Division twice.

He rejoined the Seasiders in 2012 with the side finishing just below mid table and helped to come close to a treble in 13/14 before dropping down to the SIL Premier Division with Felixstowe Harpers United, his last season as player coach. He is now back at The Goldstar Ground again linking up with both Kevin O'Donnell and Ian Watson. Speaking to Andy on his appointment he said "I hope to be a part of the next chapter for the club as it challenges to move up the football pyramid. With a lot of my working career spent at ITFC managing their Player Development Centres, it has exposed me to coaching a variety of players at various ages from across Europe which has given me some fantastic experiences. The opportunity to now coach in my home town is one I am really excited about!"

Sponsor - Neil & Jon Shipley

 

Martyn Dew - Goalkeeping Coach

Martyn joined the Seasiders when his son Tom signed for the club, Tom has since moved to the Chelmsford area but Martyn has remained with the club and is an integral part of the coaching staff both on training and match days.

 

 

 

 

Sponsor - Lorraine Dew

 

Samantha (Sam) Gedny - Physio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sponsor - Tony Barnes

Toby Green -  Reserve Team manager

Toby joins the club from Felixstowe Harpers United where he was assistant to Ian Watson last season. If a person in Non-League management serves an apprenticeship then I guess Toby would be counted as one of them, having started with Trimley Red Devils as manager of their Under 16 side in 2009 working his way through the sides to U18's followed by Reserve Team Boss and then First Team Manager in 2013/14.

Ian Watson enticed him away from junior football into senior management at Step 7 with Felixstowe Harpers United as his assistant. Toby describes their first meeting as a 'love at first sight' moment at a Harpers V Framlingham friendly match and describes last season with 'Watty' and Andy Crump as his best season in football yet, learning much from both of them and although he feels they under achieved finishing without a trophy he learnt a great deal and met some great people.

At 29 Toby is a contract manager with National Haulage Company 7Lincs, based in the town both work and living wise although originally from Ipswich.

He was offered the 1st team managers job at FHUFC following Watsons departure and initially accepted, intending to replace his former boss but stepped down before pre-season started for personal reasons and planned to take a year out of football before the opportunity with The Seasiders came up.

Toby now feels excited at the prospect of working with young players and says his ambition is the same as every reserve team players should be, that is to move up, so is hoping for a successful and enjoyable season at The Goldstar Ground.

Why do people get into Non-League, Toby relates the fact that while an Arsenal fan at heart he did hold a Season ticket at Portman Road in the Roy Keane - Paul Jewell era and it was during the Jewell era he took on the reserve team managers job at TRD!

Gareth Nolan - Assistant Reserve Team Manager

Gareth joined the Seasiders last term as assistant to Reserve Team Manager Dan Hiscock, Dan stepped down from his position at the end of the season and Gareth was the obvious choice to take over.

Originally from Essex Gareth previously worked for Dragons Den Entrepreneur Peter Jones in his Business Academies, he is now employed by Suffolk New College as a Business and Enterprise Lecturer. Gareth has been involved in education and working with young people for over ten years, developing and coaching youngsters at a vital stage of their development.

Before moving north to our green and pleasant land Gareth had success at managerial level with Southend based 'Sceptre Vizforrallo' a Sunday side he led to three successive promotions and a cup win before jointly managing Combination League 'Corinthians' second team who he led to promotion and cup success before moving to Suffolk.

Having supported coaching at previous colleges, developing youth to play at a higher level is one of Gareth's passions, plus ensuring they get the opportunity to play and enjoy their football.

Speaking to Gareth recently he said "Taking over the Reserves is a big opportunity for me and I hope to develop the Under 18's and help in their progression while giving support to the first team with a strong reserve section!" Gareth added "I am really happy to be working with Kevin and the rest of the management team as part of this club who are moving forward in the right direction!"

 

 Aren Howell - Under 18's Manager

  Biography  to follow

 

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