Frickley Athletic have announced that as part of the restructure of the football operations side, the club welcome back Spencer Fearn, who will take on the role of Sporting Director, John Williams as a Football Development Consultant and Paul Harmson as Football Science Consultant.

Fearn needs no introduction, as the previous manager of the club before being offered a role at Sheffield Wednesday, where he is the U15/16 coach, combining this with being an FA Coach Educator.

Williams is the Head of Coaching for Rotherham United and previous to this role spent 30 years at Sheffield Wednesday, as well as working for the Scotland and Northern Ireland teams in a consultancy role and for the English FA.

Harmson is the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach within the Sheffield Wednesday Academy and has previously worked as a first-team scout for the club.

Spencer Fearn said: “When Ryan made the call and spoke about becoming back involved with Frickley and this role it did not take me long to make my mind up. It works well with my current commitments and I have a real affection for the fans at Frickley, so it’s an exciting role to take up.

“There is plenty of hard work ahead and it’s a great challenge. Having John with us as well as part of this development is excellent news, he is a good friend and someone who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in professional and semi – professional football. We are both looking forward to developing the football side of the club in terms of how we operate. The first job for us is to appoint a manager and we are working on that immediately.

“The addition of Paul is also a key appointment, I have worked with Paul for the past 6 months and he is first class in the work that he does. He will be responsible for the athletic development of players, injury prevention, testing and providing guidance on nutrition amongst many other subjects.”

Frickley chief executive Ryan McKnight said: “This restructure will be fantastic for the football club. There are huge opportunities that are before us with the Academy now part of the club and the Community Foundation doing incredible work in our local area.

“Making the most of that requires a structure that flows as seamlessly as possible from the first team to the new younger ages groups we’ll be introducing next season. “Spencer knows the football club as well as anyone and the team we’re now busy assembling around his new position is going to give us the very best chance of making the most of the resources the club has to offer.

“The club has made so many strides forward the past two years – your support next season is going to be vital in helping us to keep that momentum going. This new structure will now work to appoint a new manager of the first team and are aiming to have someone in place as soon as possible.”


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