Brackley Town Saints have appointed vastly experienced Chris Hurley as their new manager to take over the reins from Gordon Kille who stepped down at the end of last season. Chris was part of Gordon’s coaching staff last season therefore needs no introduction to the squad or the club, having played & coached at numerous levels he brings a huge database of knowledge to the young team as they look to put the disappointment of missing out on promotion last term by just three points.
The club announced on twitter:
Brackley Town Saints are pleased to announce that Chris Hurley has been appointed manager of for the coming season. Chris will be assisted by Gary Courtney who was number two to Gordon Kille last season, we would like to wish both of them good luck for 2019/20
This week Sports Shots caught up with the new gaffer to ask his thoughts on getting the job:
It’s a great club going in the right direction so it’s a good opportunity to get back into management, create some success and develop players for the future of the club
Being part of the coaching team this season obviously helps; did Gordon mention the job to Chris when he decided to step down?
I have known Gords (Gordon) for a couple of years and we have kept in touch, when he heard I wasn’t happy at Didcot, he asked me to come and join him as my years of experience would help him and the young players. He mentioned that he could be stepping down and asked if I would be interested which I was, it helped joining the club when I did as it gave me an opportunity to get to know the club, how the club works and get to know the players, Gordon and Gary have been a great help
So what is Chris’s football career to date?
Wow where do I start, I played professionally for three clubs as a youth up to twenty-five and played local football to now. I took my FA level one & two then UEFA B licence, & have managed and coached at Hellenic, Suburban, Isthmian, Ryman and Southern League levels. I have also been director of football at Witney Town and head of youth development at Oxford City looking after under eighteen’s, sixteen’s, and fifteen’s, as a manager I have won a number of cups and helped lead Oxford City to the Senior Cup final at the Kassam. I have been a manager/coach for near on eighteen years with some really good success in building & developing teams, and would really love to bring some success now to Brackley Town Saints
What is the immediate plan for the new gaffer for the summer?
My immediate plan is to secure as many of last season’s squad, as there are some really good players at Brackley, introduce some new faces to freshen up the group then liaise with our youth set up so see what younger players I can introduce as they are the future of the club, this is the busiest time for a manager, the actual football season is the fun part
What experience does Chris have of the Hellenic League, and what made him choose Brackley?
I have managed in the Hellenic League at Abingdon Town where we won the league Cup in the second season, Witney Town, Wantage Town, Bicester Town where I had to rebuild the club from basically no teams to five teams, and managed to get Bicester promoted in my first attempt, so going for the Brackley job was a no brainer, I had offers from three other clubs however Brackley was my first choice
What are the targets for next season?
Based on last season’s efforts where we came so close to promotion, the goal this year is to win the league and I will make sure the whole group knows the targets before we start the season
In terms of the squad, how many players can be retained from last season, and what new players can Chris bring in?
We have lost three, two were poached by Banbury and the third is going travelling, the rest of the group have already agreed to stay which gives me a good base to start with, in terms of bringing new players in I will bring in two or three to freshen up the group and give some competition for places, then push the youth management to give me the best from their set up to introduce them to men’s football
Are there plans to change things or just carry on from where Gordon left off?
It’s a little bit of both, my management style is different to Gordons so I will do things differently in terms of how we train, how we play and a few other things, however I will also take some of the things that Gordon did with the players that worked
Finally, does Chris have any messages for the supporters of Brackley?
My message to the people of Brackley Town Saints & its supporters is it’s an exciting time for the Saints, we will do things properly, appreciate your support, play good attacking football and push for honours. It will be a good time to support the Saints and the club
Sports Shots would like to thank Chris for his time this week