Biggleswade United have announced that Jimmy Martin, 28, will be the new first team Head Coach.
Martin, born and raised in Luton, started his coaching career at Stevenage FC, coaching in their community foundation before working his way into the academy. He was the Lead Coach at Stevenage FC’s Elite Development Programme, where he has been working alongside Cristian Colas. During his time at Stevenage, he has been getting his coaching badges and is currently in the final stages of completing his UEFA A Licence.
He will be assisted by Emilio José Gutierrez who will arrive from Spain. He is a Pr oLicence young coach who has spent most of his career at UD Tomares, in Andalucía. The rest of the coaching staff will be announced in due course.
Martin says: “I’m very excited, Biggleswade is a unique setup, there’s a lot of people in the club that are trying to break the stereotype of non league football, it’s really exciting times.”
Director of Football Guillem Balague says: “The thing that impressed me the most about Jimmy was his maturity, at no particular time was I worried, or his age entered the equation. If you have the commitment, if you have the knowhow, that is enough and his 5 years at Stevenage academy suggests he knows how to manage teams. The conversations we have had have confirmed the reports I had on him and he is aware the importance of continuity in terms of what we want to see on the pitch but of course with his own additions. He is a very focused, determined coach, and one who started a very promising career.
“His role is to make the first team even better, to recruit to make us stronger, but also understand what the club is trying to achieve. His experience in youth football will be essential as we want our teams to play with the same essence, our coaches will be able to learn from him and vice versa, and he has definitely embraced that.
As well as a number two, already decided and who will be announced soon, we are brining a pro licence coach from Sevilla, Emilio Jose Gutierrez who is 23 but already has a lot of experience, recommended to me by Marcos Alvarez who was the number two of Juande Ramos at Spurs, and now the number two at Betis. The highest recommendation possible, I would say. He’s very keen and will also take one of the U18 sides next season. That’s part of the new setup, which will see the U23s run by Keith Castle and Nyasha Sagwete and the U18s EJA team led by Tony Deitsch.
“I’m very excited about the energy that I see flowing from meetings I have already had with Jimmy, and the rest of the senior set up. The pre-season has already been put it in place, and there will be an announcement soon for friendlies. I’m very excited to work closely with this mixed and energetic coaching staff.”