Football: Good heads up Grays Ath backroom staff

GARTH Good will head up Blues coaching, medical and support staff for the coming season

While new manager Jody Brown has taken time to build a squad to make an assault on the Ryman Premier League he has been equally diligent in putting together his coaching, medical and support team.

Garth Good is Blues new first team coach, joining from Dereham Town where he managed the reserves and worked with players at all age groups. He has worked with Brown before, which was a key factor in his appointment to senior coaching role. “Garth is someone I worked with in my time at Norwich City,” said Brown, “he will take up the role of 1st team coach. He can take some of the coaching off my shoulders, although I’ll still do a great deal of it.”

Good has settled in well and his attention to detail and technical coaching have been well received by the players who have responded well on the training ground.

“He’s a good guy with his own ideas on the game,” added Brown, “which is far better than having a ‘yes man’ just agreeing all the time.”

Brown has appointed Ed Wooten as goalkeeping coach, who will combine his Blues coaching with his full-time role at Colchester United. “He’s young, enthusiastic and can still play,” said Brown. “I’ve worked with him and I am sure he’s going to push our goalkeepers to improve their game” he added.

The new manager completes his coaching team with David Raven, who joined Hakan Hayrettin’s first team staff in 2012 and continued in a coaching/scouting role as part of Ryan Kirby’s backroom team last season. “David will remain on the staff as our opposition scout but will also be a regular on the training ground.”

Raven, a former Kilmarnock coach and Blues reserve team manager, is starting his fourth season at the club after joining from Redbridge and his ‘local knowledge’ has proven to be a useful resource which Jody Brown has been happy to tap into.

“David’s been great for me since coming in. He’s helped me settle and been able to offer lots of information on players at the club in all age groups which will prove invaluable.”

Jack Hughes, also in his fourth season at the club and worked with Jody Brown at Redbridge, will continue as club physiotherapist.

Sim ‘Rhino’ Madgewick, a long-time Blues supporter, joins the staff as kit man.

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