Buckingham United Football Club announced recently the appointment of Sean Devine as their new manager for the coming season along with John Walton agreeing to become his assistant, the pair working together last season at Leighton Town development which ended in success as their young side lifted the Spartan South Midlands Development Challenge Trophy with a solitary goal victory over Stotfold.
Sean Devine with cup winning Leighton Town development side (image: Natalie Walton)
This week Sports Shots caught up with the former Leighton Town development gaffer to ask for his initial thoughts after landing the job:
Both myself and John are excited and happy to be being given the opportunity to coach / manage at this level, and being part of a club that is looking to move in the right direction
When did they apply for the roles, and what were their opinion after meeting the club:
We applied for the job not long after our season had finished, when we met Matt (Hawes) and Adam (Bray) their enthusiasm for the direction that they want to take the club was unbelievable which really sold it to both of us
What has been Sean’s football career to date?
Wow that might take a while lol, I was a pro for around fifteen years playing for teams such as Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers & Exeter City, I also had a stint playing in the Australian ‘A’ League, I also represented Ireland B
What are the immediate plans for the summer now, and what help will he bring in?
To recruit a few new faces to add a bit more depth and strength to the current squad, plan pre-season training & games, and make sure we are ready for the start of the season. John Walton will be helping me as we worked together last season at Leighton Town and John also gave me the opportunity to get back into football, he also has a lot of contacts in the area and a lot of respect in the game. We may also look at bringing in another coach to assist with training & match days etc
Does Sean have any South Midlands experience & what are they expecting?
We have quite a bit of experience at this level as John has managed at this level before, and we were both with Leighton Town who were part of their development league. We feel it’s the next level up for us as its first team football but not too much of a big step too soon. The league will no doubt be competitive and we have got to make sure we are ready
What are the plans for the season at this stage?
To gain promotion and win a trophy, also to develop players who want to learn and progress
In terms of the squad, how many players can they retain and bring in?
We have been told that ten of last year’s team want to start with us pre-season and we are looking to bring seven or eight lads from our development team over to the club, then we also have five or six confirmed who want to come down pre-season who have played at this level or higher
How does Sean describe the way he manages, and what style of football do his sides play?
Approachable, we want to support players and create a positive attitude amongst the group, with lots of question and answers as we like players to problem solve, ask them the question. We like to play an attacking style of football with a high tempo and energy
Finally does the new manager have thoughts for the people of Buckingham United?
We are looking forward to the coming season for all the teams involved with the club and want everyone to feel welcome and be part of a growing club. There will be an open training session (date TBC) for us to also look at what players may be in the local area or close to it that may be good enough to play at this level
Sports Shots would like to thank Sean for his time this week