MELKSHAM Town FC has employed a new first team assistant manager ahead of its historic move to the new £7million Woolmore Farm ground later this year.
Former Trowbridge Town manager Kieran Baggs will be stepping up to Darren Perrin’s side for the 2016/17 season, as the squad look to chase promotion again. Kieran, who lives in Trowbridge and runs CrossFit Civitas gym on the Hampton Park business estate, has played in the Western League since the age of 15.
Now 27, he told Melksham News, “This was an offer too good to refuse. I’m looking forward to working with Darren and the players, and am keen to get to work!
“I know a lot of the players already and have played against them in the leagues or alongside them in county teams. It’s a really exciting time for the club; they’ll be moving to the new stadium and looking to challenge for the title and promotion again next season – to be part of that as assistant manager was too good an opportunity for me to turn down.”
Kieran will be the right-hand man of manager Darren Perrin.
Darren said, “I’m delighted as an individual and on behalf of the club to be working with Kieran. The job he’s done at Trowbridge – who won the Wiltshire Senior League this year – and the calibre of players he had on the pitch there speaks for itself.
“We’ve been watching him for about nine months now and his skill as a player and manager, knowledge of the game, and contacts in the sport made this a no-brainer for us.
“We’re trying to be forward thinking as a club. I only want to manage for another two years, so we’re hoping to set up some continuity at Melksham and if all goes to plan Kieran will be well set to take my place in two years’ time.
“We’re all looking forward to having Kieran on board and his input will only strengthen our desire to win and hopefully continue the club’s ongoing success.”
Melksham Town’s season is over for the summer: the team finished fifth in the Western League Premier Division, won the Wiltshire FA Senior Cup, and made it to the semi-final of the Les Philips Cup.