Nethercott appointed as new Swifts boss

FORMER Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall and Wycombe Wanderers defender, Stuart Nethercott, has been named as the new manager of Isthmian League North outfit, Heybridge Swifts.

The 47-year-old, who has also managed at Maldon and Ware, had been working as assistant-boss to Karl Duguid. However, with the one-time Colchester midfielder stepping down from the role last week, Nethercott has now been elevated into the senior post.

Nethercott was capped eight times by England at under 21 level by during his playing career. He will retain the services of Ryan Handley, James Good, Michael Pulfoed and Stuart Bevis – all part of Duguid’s backroom team.

Speaking to www.heybridgeswiftsfc.co, Chairman, Gary White, explained: “Our committee have moved quickly to appoint Karl successor.

“We took the view the club has a settled structure of good quality coaches and support staff and that team would likely to be broken up if a new man was brought in from outside.

“We feel any club needs stability in terms of its structure in order to deliver an overall strategy and key to that is continuity.

White continued: “In much the same way as the old Liverpool FC ‘boot room’ philosophy of the 1970s and ’80s which brought at least four top-class managers, we feel that is a good strategy.

“Too often in football new managers bring in new ideas and personnel, staff and players – often paying little attention to the excellent resources already there.

“We did not want to take that risk, given we already have a strong playing squad with fierce competition for places in the starting XI, which is healthy all-round.”

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Brian Jeeves

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