Sandbach United’s first team coach Andy Coyles has been appointed as the head coach for the England University team.
Andy received confirmation of the appointment last week and takes over with immediate effect. His first games in charge are scheduled to be at the home nations tournament set for this spring in Edinburgh.
He will now be leaving the club to take on the new role, which as he explained, is ideally suited to his past experience.
“I think they were initially impressed with my level of qualifications, experience and level of expertise”, said Andy.
“It has helped that I am a UEFA A Licence coach and undertaking my UEFA Pro Licence later in the year, and had coached young elite footballers at academy level nurturing the best young talent in Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas.
“I have also been heavily involved working within high performance environments, coaching at three of the leading Premier League football academies with my most recent position being at Stoke City FC”.
A combination of his appointment and a recent job relocation means that Andy will now be leaving his role at the club, and Sandbach United’s Vice-Chairman Mike Senior paid tribute to Andy’s efforts during his time involved.
“Andy came to Sandbach United as a proven and established coach a few years ago, whilst he was working as the area lead of Sport Coaching at Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire, based at Crewe a few miles down the road.
“When Andy came to the club, he had some fresh ideas great and a calming influence working well with the management team and coaches in place.
“It was this bond between them all that played a pivotal part in changing the team dynamic and producing a calmer more stable performance on the field and added some much needed discipline to previous years, and certainly a contributory factor in helping Sandbach achieving a place in the Hallmark Security League.
“Andy is a very calm person and that comes across in the way he coaches, but he is no push over and has an air about him that commands respect and a willingness to listen to his instruction.
“It’s clear that he is a natural leader and set to do well. Andy also excels off the field as well with untold amounts of work to fundraise he has a genuine passion for football.
“He has a good pedigree, having played himself at National University level, and coached the Manchester University team over a nine years period.
“Sadly for Sandbach United, a work promotion to the role of Senior Lecturer has taken him from our locality back to his home turf in the North East.
“The management team at Sandbach United wish him well in his new role and look forward to following his results with a keen eye.
“Andy will still visit us on occasion, remains registered to the club, and his input and assistance will always be welcome. He will be sorely missed around the club and is a popular guy”.