Craig Devon can’t wait to get started after being appointed as the new Manager of Hartlepool United Ladies.
The 29-year-old will officially take charge of the Ladies Team for pre-season after agreeing to succeed Andy Stuart, who is stepping down after six years in the role.
Devon holds the UEFA B Licence qualification and has a wealth of coaching experience, having spent the majority of the last four years in America working with male and female players.
After returning to England last summer, he got involved with coaching various age groups at a local team in the town but was interested immediately when he saw the opportunity to become boss of Pools Ladies.
“The organisation at the Club is already in place – they started out at a certain level and have built on it every year so now I want to help continue that,” Devon told us.
“I did a bit of reading about them when I first saw the job was available and the foundations for more success are certainly there because the set-up is strong.
“From what I understand having spoken to Andy, they’re looking for someone to come in with a different voice and new ideas so hopefully I can be the right person to do that.”
Stuart will remain involved as Chairman of the Ladies Team, while his wife Dawn is continuing in her role as Secretary and they will offer Devon as much support as he needs when he starts work.
The new man watched on at the weekend as the Ladies brought their 2017/18 campaign to a close with a resounding 4-1 win over Norton & Stockton Ancients, a performance which only made him more excited to get started.
“I have been looking to get involved in something like this and put my own stamp on it so I am really excited,” he added.
“We’ve already got a very talented team and I was impressed with the way they played on Sunday but there are one or two things I hope I can bring in to help them improve further.
“I want to try and get the fitness side of things boxed off pretty quickly in pre-season so we can focus on the work to implement my small changes and get across how I want them to play.
“It’s a great challenge and an exciting role so I just want to get my teeth in to it now.”
Devon’s side will once again play in the North East Regional Women’s Football League Premier Division after finishing an impressive third last term following two successive promotions.