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Introducing the Management Team

Hayden Bird

Kingstonian manager Hayden Bird with his latest update, including an unveiling of his backroom team.

Following my notes of last week, I am pleased to confirm that the management team is taking shape. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce my Coaching and Backroom staff for the forthcoming season.

Assistant Manager: Tutu Henriques
Coach: Kevin D'Arcy
Physiotherapist: Ryan Valentine
Kit Managers: Jamie Street and Paul Ferrie

I'm delighted that Tutu, Kevin and Ryan have joined me at Kingstonian. Having had the pleasure of working with them at Merstham, we enjoy an excellent relationship, which will be advantageous in our new surroundings. Added to that, having spoken to Jamie and Paul at length, I'm sure that we will make an excellent team!

There is a possibility that the coaching staff will have one further addition in the coming week, whilst I am also in the process of agreeing terms with Dave Tidy to continue as the Goalkeeping Coach.

You will be pleased to hear that a number of deals have now been agreed and we will be making an announcement of all the new summer signings from Monday 17th June. It will be worth the wait, with as many as fifteen new players arriving! It's been fair to say that it's been non-stop since my arrival but I'm delighted with the progress that we have made and with the preparations in place for the new look squad.

Although some managers prefer to sign players during the pre-season, I consider it to be essential that the new squad works together from our first day of pre-season on Saturday 29th June. There is a lot of work ahead of us.

The club will be announcing the date of the "Meet the Manager Family Fun Day" in the next few weeks, this is something organised by both the Board of Directors and myself - all of the management and the new players will be present, so we look forward to answering your questions, socialising and getting the opportunity to meet everyone.

As I have mentioned on a number of occasions already, it's important to work together to achieve our objectives. This extends beyond the First Team and I was delighted to meet Steve Drewett from the Youth section on Wednesday night. Following Wednesday's Board meeting, I phoned Steve today to give him my number and to reaffirm my support.

The Youth Section plays an important role in all football clubs. Not only does it provide a pathway for the up and coming talent in the area but extends the Kingstonian name into the community. In listening to Steve, he seems to be working really hard for the club, so I'm going to ensure that all of the First Team support him.

Next season, the First Team Management will attend as many Under 18s games as possible. I'm looking forward to working alongside Stephen to oversee the development of the young players. When at the required level, this will include inviting players to train with the First Team Squad. Working with senior players will provide a great experience for the kids and, hopefully, create a production line that will only benefit Kingstonian FC in the long term.

This season, the Kingstonian First Team Squad will consist of eighteen to twenty senior players. There will not be a rotating door in terms of player. My approach is based on working with a settled squad on the Training Ground, in order to develop and improve the group. I am hoping that a settled environment will allow the senior players to improve, provide continuity in our work and create opportunities for the youngsters.

Furthermore, once a month, I will spend a Sunday morning watching the younger age groups in the club. Grassroots football is essential for Kingstonian and, as a club, we have a responsibility to provide football for local kids in the community. I look forward to meeting everyone throughout the season.

I will also be partaking in an interview with Jamie Cutteridge over the next few weeks, alongside a member of the Board. Hopefully we may have some more news for everyone and give Jamie a couple of exclusives as we look forward to the new season.

Come on you K's!

Hayden Bird

Published Friday 7th June 2019 (last updated Saturday 8th June 2019)