JODY BROWN has been appointed as the new assistant manager and first team coach at Concord Rangers.
The recruitment of a man who has managed at all non league levels from Steps 6 to 1 – with extensive knowledge of the game in Essex – is big coup for the Beachboys.
Concord manager Adam Flanagan, only appointed himself at the end of last season after Danny Cowley’s departure for Braintree, was delighted to welcome Brown to the Vanarama South club.
Flanagan said: “I did not personally know Jody before, but I had spoken to him when we played Grays in a friendly and congratulated him when he got the Welling job.
“He is young and hungry for success, like me, and his management experience at the top level and awareness of players will be a huge help.
“And of course he has an excellent reputation as a coach and I am really looking forward to working with him.”
Brown’s most recent position was as manager of Conference National side Welling United but his stint with the relegation-battling Wings only lasted two months before he was sacked in March.
But now the 36-year-old feels the time – and the club – is right for his return to the game.
He said: “After getting sacked at Welling I did get a bit disillusioned with football.
“I gave up a full-time job when I went to Welling and to only get eight games with someone else’s team was very disappointing.
“But this feels like the right opportunity to come back because I am most at home when I am stood on the grass and coaching the players.
“I got a call from Adam and then the chairman Antony Smith followed it up, and I know the club well from previous conversations with Danny Cowley about it.
“Danny will be a tough act to follow, of course, but hopefully I can help Adam go some way to doing that.”
Before the Welling job Brown was in charge at Grays Athletic in the Ryman Premier, and prior to that he was boss at Heybridge Swifts in Ryman One North.
Brown came through the game in north Essex primarily as manager of Tiptree and Halstead, and he has also had coaching roles at Colchester United and Norwich.
He was also manager at Maldon and manager then assistant to Terry Spillane at a Redbridge side which had a memorable FA Cup run in 2011.