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News Archive > Sport > Blazey boss up for the challenge

Blazey boss up for the challenge

By Gareth Rowett 14th June 2017

Blazey boss up for the challenge
ALL SET FOR THE CHALLENGE: New St Blazey boss Stuart Morgan

ST BLAZEY’S new manager Stuart Morgan is working hard to rebuild his side as they prepare for life in Division One West.

The 28-year-old saw off other candidates before being named as the man to replace Lee Britchford at the helm.

It is a first step into management for Morgan and the former Buckland Athletic striker is relishing the chance to move into the hot seat at Blaise Park.

Having begun his footballing career with Tottenham Hotspur he was then with Luton Town before he joined the Royal Marines at the tender age of 17.

With this he then played football all over the world with the military and was a striker with Buckland, Tavistock and most recently Plymstock United.

Morgan has managed to bring in Liam Bennett as a coach and he will be focusing on the strength and conditioning of the players.

Morgan explained: “The players will be very fit. I have brought in a Royal Marines PTI, who is a friend of mine. He is in charge of strength and conditioning.

“I like to keep the ball down, but we will run, and run and run.

“When we haven’t got the ball we will harass. We won’t chase rubbish, but we will chase the ball down at the right time to make opposition make mistakes.”

Ryan Yeoman remains with the club and will be Morgan’s assistant manager, one of the main reasons that Morgan took on the role.

He added: “I needed someone who knew the players and then how we can improve the squad, that’s exactly what Ryan can do.

“The other thing that attracted me was that it is a massive club, it is a great club with a great history.

“I have played against St Blazey under the lights in midweek matches in front of a great crowd and the plan is to keep that going in the future.

“We have looked at bringing some local players in. We have the reserves and Under-21 side and if they are good enough, they will get their chance.”

One player who has left the club is goalkeeper Dave Painter.

Painter, who has been linked with Bodmin Town in the past has decided to leave the club after a long association with the Green and Blacks.

But Morgan has managed to tie down the majority of last season’s squad with captain Dan Bennett and winger Tornado Bello, two of the most important players, who are staying with the club.

Another club who have a new manager this season is Nanpean. They have named Simon Jones as their new boss.

He will be assisted by Derek Walker.

By Gareth Rowett 14th June 2017

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