Halesowen Town manager John Hill has added to his backroom staff with the appointment of Richard Sneekes as first-team coach.

Amsterdam-born Sneekes brings with him a wealth of experience as a player, coach and manager and became somewhat of an instant cult figure at West Bromwich Albion when he signed for them from Bolton Wanderers in 1996 for £400,000, scoring 34 goals in over 250 appearances. His coaching and management career began as assistant academy coach at Tamworth before being unveiled as first team coach at then-League Two side Hereford United in 2011.

His first management role came in 2014 when he took over first-team manager duties at Rushall Olympic before taking a similar role at Sutton Coldfield Town in late-2016. Sneekes will be taking over from Kieron Jackson, who is moving aside as due to commitments he cannot give the role the attention it demands, but will still remain part of the backroom set-up.​

John Hill stated: “We are delighted to have such an experienced and respected person as Richard on board. It can only serve to enhance our chances of improving our performances and results.’’

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