Braintree appoint new manager

BRAINTREE Town have appointed Robbie Garvey as their new full-time manager.The UEFA level 3B qualified coach joins the Blue Square South club from League One side Dagenham & Redbridge where he was assistant manager to John Still.

BRAINTREE Town have appointed Robbie Garvey as their new full-time manager.

The UEFA level 3B qualified coach joins the Blue Square South club from League One side Dagenham & Redbridge where he was assistant manager to John Still.

Garvey, who will continue his duties with the Daggers academy until the end of the season, said: “The opportunity to manage Braintree Town was one I felt too good to turn down at this point in my career, even though it means giving up my full time position working for Dagenham & Redbridge.”

Braintree's caretaker player-manager and captain Bradley Quinton will now return to concentrating on his playing duties.


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Garvey said: “The chance to come in and take over for the last six games gives me the chance to see the players face to face and for them to show me they are the future of Braintree Town and not the past.

“I've had an opportunity to watch a couple of the last homes games and it has been noticeable the lack of confidence, enthusiasm and required energy levels which sometimes come from uncertainty.

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“I'd like to thank the chairman and the board for giving me this opportunity to take the club forward and sharing my ideas, beliefs and my plans for the future for Braintree Town.”

Braintree chairman Lee Harding said: “Robbie has played an important part in bringing success under both Garry Hill and John Still at Dagenham & Redbridge, managers we both respect and admire.

“All of the board have been very impressed with Robbie's plans for our club and his obvious enthusiasm and desire for the job.

“Next season, Robbie will have a blank canvas to work with and will be able to use our last six matches of the season to decide which of our existing players are offered terms for next season.”

Garvey's playing career saw him play up until the age of 37, his numerous clubs including Enfield, Chelmsford, Dartford, Dagenham & Redbridge, Thurrock, Billericay, Grays and Hendon.

He joined Dagenham & Redbridge's coaching staff in 2003 from Thurrock where he was put in charge of their youth set up.

A club statement read: “The club is extremely sorry to be losing Robbie who has been a valuable member of our coaching staff but we recognise that this is the natural progression in his career and we would like to wish him every success in his new position.”

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