Things may have changed at Biggleswade United but the essence of what we are trying to do continues.
I would like to start by thanking Gareth Davies for his time at the club and for all his efforts, and Jimmy Martin, as well, who is joining Premier League club Watford. I wish them both well for the future.
Jimmy’s departure means that, from now on, one thing I can genuinely tell any new coaches that join us is that by working with us they will be spotted, their talents will be recognised, and if they do a good job the world truly is their oyster.
Our raison d’être has always been about the strength of our coaching at every level of the club. The fact that Watford have noticed this tells me what we always knew: we are heading in the right direction, doing it the right way.
I am honoured to have been asked to take on the role of Chairman, not least because with new faces coming in what is needed is some of the older faces around to maintain stability and keep the ship on an even keel.
We now have in place a system that can make do without a Director of Football because we have the personnel in place that can liaise with me and the Board and fulfil that function.
On Monday (12th) at 7.30pm, at the clubhouse, we will host a meeting of parents, coaches and team secretaries of both the Academy and the senior sides with the idea of distributing the new jobs that are appearing with the continued growth of our club.
We would love to hear from anyone out there that feels they can offer something to the club and help it to continue to grow. This is everyone’s project, and everyone can can play their part.
Emilio Gutierrez and and Álex Salvador, our new people at the helm with the first team, both hold pro licences, and both have a wealth of experience that belie their tender years.
It was Marcos Alvarez, the former assistant coach to Juande Ramos at Spurs and Sevilla and currently at Betis, who recommended Emilio to us in the first place and he assured me that he had no doubts whatsoever that Emilio was more than ready to face the challenges here at the club.
The reaction of the players has been magnificent and last weekend’s 3-0 win over North Greenford United was probably our best performance to date and is a direct consequence of the many hours we spend on the training ground.
We carried on where we left off with a superb 3-2 win at Baldock Town on Wednesday night, a match where we led 3-0 before conceding two goals in the last five minutes to set up a nervy finish.
The win takes us up to seventh in the table with between one and four games in hand on all the clubs above us and we now look to keep up the momentum when we visit Harpenden Town tomorrow (Sat KO: 3pm) before returning to Baldock on Wednesday night (KO: 7.45pm) in the next round of the Premier Division Cup.
See you there,