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Haverhill Rovers ring the changes with new management team and chairman

New Haverhill Rovers chairman Steve Brown ENGANL00120131015124901
New Haverhill Rovers chairman Steve Brown ENGANL00120131015124901

Steve Brown hopes his return to Haverhill Rovers as chairman can help guide the club safely through what is proving to be a turbulent period.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Rovers appointed Brown as chairman after the departure of Ali Shulver while also installing an interim management team of Mick Reardon and Tom Donati until the end of the season.

Tom Donati
Tom Donati

Brown left Rovers in December 2011 but has stepped back into the fray at a difficult time for the club that has seen player-manager Michael Shinn sacked, Shulver resign and a number of players depart.

“I’ve spent a lot of time at the club and we’ve done a lot of good things and now it seems to be going the opposite way,” said Brown.

“It became apparent to me that it was becoming more personal than political so perhaps a new face; someone else to talk to, we may be able to settle it down. That’s what we are trying to do.

“I’ve worked with Mick before. He was excellent when he was here before and Tom has got a really good coaching record so we’ve got two really good guys to run the first team.”

A statement issued by Rovers on Wednesday said: “Steve previously held the position of chairman with the club where he demonstrated a superb track record of stabilising the club including managing the move from the old Hamlet Croft to the new facility and the committee feels the club needs someone with Steve’s experience of Haverhill Rovers, the league and the running of a football club to take it forwards.

“Joining Steve on the committee will be Michael White who has also previously worked for the football club and will also bring a wealth of experience to support the club in delivering it’s future goals.”

Reardon has been made first team manager with Donati first team coach.

The club statement continued: “Mick previously worked at the football club as first team coach under manager Peter Betts and more recently managed Biggleswade United before taking time out this season from football to concentrate on work commitments.

“But he has come forward to offer his services to his old club where Mick is well respected both as a strong man manager and strong coach who holds a UEFA B Licence.

“Tom is a highly qualified coach who holds a UEFA A Licence and has vast experience of working within a professional football background.

“This is without doubt one of the most highly qualified coaching teams the club has ever appointed and the committee are hopeful their experience can be shared throughout the club from top down.”

Most recently Donati was the head of academy coaching for 18 months at Cambridge United but has also been a youth team coach at Barnet, academy coach at Watford and manager of the ladies team at Charlton Athletic. He will also support the development of Rovers’ youth coaches by offering mentoring.

Last night, Rovers were due to play at Godmanchester Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

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