Just four days after Warren Evans’ resignation, Tuffley Rovers have appointed former Southampton player Shayne Bradley as Caretaker Manager until the end of the 2015/16 playing season.
With their place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division at risk, as they currently sit in the relegation places, Rovers have moved quickly to add some stability to the management team, ahead of a crucial run-in that will see eleven league games between 12 March and 16 April.
“Our committee discussed various options and considered a number of candidates but it was evident that stability was the key and we felt that Shayne, who has been with the club for a number of years, was the best option in the short-term”. Club Secretary, Neil Spiller explained.
Bradley had a spell in charge of The Rovers previously but then concentrated on his playing career and has regularly scored goals for the club over the past few seasons. Although injuries have limited his appearances in recent months, he is Rovers’ most experienced player and has both coaching and management experience.
“I have a real affection for Tuffley Rovers”, said Bradley, “and I had no hesitation in accepting this opportunity when I was approached”. “The team is in a difficult situation but I couldn’t do anything other than step in to help. If we can get all players giving 100% and applying themselves every game, I am confident we can avoid relegation”.
Bradley feels that his familiarity with a number of players in the existing squad will help him secure the points Rovers need.
“I have played with, coached and managed several of the players before, both at Tuffley Rovers and when I had a coaching role with Gloucester City. I am fiercely committed to getting the players to show pride in playing for this club and if we can secure three or four wins from our eleven games, I am confident that will be enough to keep our place in the division.”
Club Chairman, Neil Brinkworth was pleased to confirm Bradley’s appointment. “We considered a number of potential options, including bringing in someone completely new to the club, but Shayne has a real affinity with the club and knows the squad, so it ended up being a relatively easy decision to make”.