Scott Marshall, who can boast a 100-per-cent record as a Premier League manager, has joined the coaching staff at Burnham FC.
The former Brentford and Arsenal full-back was the caretaker manager of Aston Villa when they defeated Leicester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup last season after the sacking of Paul Lambert. But days later he left following the appointment of Tim Sherwood. Since then the Berkshire-based Marshall has been scouting for the Scottish FA.
Recently he got to hear that Burnham’s Director of Football, Luther Blissett, wanted a coach and so got in touch with him. Marshall said “I was at a game and bumped into a mutual friend of Luther and myself. I had not been out on the grass doing a bit of coaching for a while, so I came down, spoke to Luther and that is why I am here. I hope I can help out a bit.”
The 43-year-old former Scotland Under-21 player, who made three league appearances for Arsenal when they won the Premier League in 1998, has been joined at The Gore by Slough Town Academy coach Liban Omar.
He will continue at Slough, where he has been assistant manager of their under-18 team for the last two years, but said helping out at Burnham will be a “really good experience for me.”
Blissett was keen to add to his coaching staff as he has no intention of appointing a team manager. He explained: “Bringing in coaches is all part of what I am trying to do here, because too many times at this level (of football) managers come in, bring in a load of players, he then leaves and you lose players. So my thought is to try to do it differently. Lets have the players in place, and have coaches to prepare the team for games. If anything happens to them (coaches), whether it be illness or whatever, we have other coaches we can rotate. It means we are a collective, rather than just one man.”
Burnham’s recent run of improved performances and close defeats came to a grinding end when they crashed 5-0 to high-flying Bracknell Town at The Gore on Saturday. After the match Director of Football Luther Blissett kept the dressing-room door shut for quite a time to discuss things with his players.
He emerged to tell the Slough Observer columnist Dave Wright: “It was always going to be a very difficult game. We started off a little bit unsure, but just when it started to look as though we were going to turn the tide from the pressure we were under, we conceded the first goal and gave them (Bracknell) a foothold on the game. The second goal came from another error from us and they went in at half-time with a two-goal lead.”
Blissett continued: “We knew then it was going to be difficult to get back in the game and even our players said the next goal was going to be crucial. Bracknell got it and confidence and belief went their way and we were up against it again.”
Blissett had two new coaches alongside him on the bench, with former Arsenal defender and Aston Villa coach Scott Marshall and Slough Academy coach Liban Omar having joined the club last week. All three will have been disappointed with what they saw as very few players showed their true form against one of the strongest sides in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.
It was the third time Bracknell had won at The Gore this season, having twice triumphed in two cup ties earlier in the season. And, after visiting Brimscombe & Thrupp on December 17, Blues have the return league fixture at Bracknell on Boxing Day.
By then they may have strengthened the squad as Blissett revealed he was hoping to see “two or three” new faces at training this week.” He has already boosted his coaching staff with the arrival of Marshall and Omar, saying: “These two guys are very good at what they do and will have a big influence here as we move forward.”